La Bestia: the hit song the US border agency made to scare off immigrants

It’s a big hit in Central America with its lyrics about la bestia, or the ‘train of death’, that migrants ride up to the US border. But few listeners know that it is all part of a multi-million dollar propaganda campaign to dissuade them.It might just be the most tuneful piece of propaganda since The Simpsons’ “Drop Da Bomb”. La Bestia, “the beast”, mimics the traditional Mexican narrative ballads called “corridos”. With catchy Caribbean-style …

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