Rep. Norma Torres, only House member from Central America, wants to fix border crisis with aid, not punishment

Rep. Norma Torres looks at the Central American migrants flocking to the Mexican border in hopes of gaining asylum in the United States and sees her own reflection.

When she was 5, Torres’ parents sent her from their home, in war-torn Guatemala, to live with an uncle in Whittier. She remembers the city as less diverse than it is today, and being “pretty much the only Latino family on our street.”

She also says she understands how big a move it was to send her north.

“I can’t...

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