View Full Version : Rumors Motivate Central American Kids To Swarm U.S. Border

07-10-2014, 09:53 AM
Here's a link to an NPR interview with two people who have actually gone to central america and actually talked to actual people about what is motiviating kids to come to the US. I though some folks here might like to hear the story from people who have actually been there rather than getting this stuff second and third hand.

http://www.npr.org/2014/07/10/330325044/rumors-motivate-central-american-kids-to-swarm-u-s-border (http://www.npr.org/2014/07/10/330325044/rumors-motivate-central-american-kids-to-swarm-u-s-border)

Obvioulsy, the US has a major PR problem, but that's not the only reason these kids come our way...

George Jung
07-10-2014, 11:55 AM
And then, there's this:


SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Anthony O. Castellanos disappeared from his gang-ridden neighborhood on the eastern edge of Honduras’s most dangerous city, so his younger brother, Kenneth, hopped on his green bicycle to search for him, starting his hunt at a notorious gang hangout known as the “crazy house.”

They were found within days of each other, both dead. Anthony, 13, and a friend had been shot in the head; Kenneth, 7, had been tortured and beaten with sticks and rocks. They were among seven children murdered in the La Pradera neighborhood of San Pedro Sula in April alone, part of a surge in gang violence that is claiming younger and younger victims.

(http://www.nytimes.com/video/us/politics/100000002992182/obama-on-immigration.html)The killings are a major factor driving the recent wave of migration of Central American children to the United States, which has sent an unprecedented number of unaccompanied minors across the Texas border. Many children and parents say the rush of new migrants stems from a belief that United States immigration policy offers preferential treatment to minors, but in addition, studies of Border Patrol statistics show a strong correlation between cities like San Pedro Sula with high homicide rates and swarms of youngsters taking off for the United States.