El Salvador for the surge, but later said in court papers that it was a belief among illegal immigrants that they could gain entry and earn some sort of status in the U.S. that drew tens of thousands of migrants a month.
But Mr. Sessions said the U.S. already does its part, and he wondered why nobody offered to help last year, when the U.S. was facing a flood of migrants from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador who claimed they were fleeing violent and economically depressed conditions back home.
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