Sophia Lee

Sophia is a senior reporter for WORLD Magazine based in Los Angeles. Follow Sophia on Twitter @SophiaLeeHyun.

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One family’s ordeal

Immigration | Unable to enter the United States and unwilling to return to El Salvador, the Yanes family waits in Mexico
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/25/19, 09:58 am

Kenny Yanes and his wife Ezequiel lived in a gang-infested, poverty-wrecked barrio in El Salvador. A full day’s labor in the fields earned them $7 each. “There’s no freedom,” Kenny told me. “The gangs watch every move you make. What kind of life is that? Forget about finding a job. Forget about living life. That alone should make anyone want to leave the country.”

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An international emergency

News analysis | Unwanted anywhere, floods of migrants overfill shelters in Mexico
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/20/19, 05:04 pm

By geographical misfortune, Central America’s Northern Triangle—Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala—is the passageway for drug shipments between Colombia and the U.S. market. Together with grinding poverty and political corruption, the drug empires have corroded the Central American society and economy. 

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Green dreams and delusions

Environmentalism | California’s crazy environmental initiatives often provoke snickers from outsiders and exasperation from residents like me
by Sophia Lee
Posted 2/18/19, 05:56 pm

Conservatives love to lampoon California, the state I’ve been calling home for almost 10 years. This blue state has wasted time and money on silly laws restricting plastic straws, regulating cow farts, providing “mouth-to-snout” resuscitation for endangered pets, and replacing Columbus Day with “Indigenous People’s Day.” We’re the home of Big Taxes and Big Government and Big Compassion and Big Ideas, and conservatives have rightly criticized Californians for dreaming up idealistic programs and policies without considering things such as budgets and the average civilian’s needs.

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