DHS Report: Violence, Poverty Driving Central American Kids to USA

DHS Report: Violence, Poverty Driving Central American Kids to USA

"We analyzed these locations to determine the factors pushing child migration to the US Southwest Border.  We assess these reasons vary regionally.  For example, many Guatemalan children come from rural areas, indicating they are probably seeking economic opportunities in the US.  Salvadoran and Honduran children, on the other hand, come from extremely violent regions where they probably perceive the risk of traveling alone to the US preferable to remaining at home.  This violence, combined with poor economies and other secondary factors will make stemming the flow of UACs to the US a very complex issue to address." - Homeland Security Today, May 27, 2014.