Journey ends for Honduran children at home as U.S. gets tough on migrants
Thursday, June 26, 2014 - 01:40
Busloads of deported mothers and children are repatriated back to Honduras as they were turned away from U.S. where they were seeking better life. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
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A grim journey comes to an end in Honduras as U.S. authorities get tough on migrants to stem the flood of undocumented children and their parents heading north for a better life.
With little economic opportunity at home and crime and murder a part of daily life, desperate parents say they have no choice but to flee for a shot at a better life in the U.S.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) DEPORTED MOTHER, ANTONIO MARQUEZ, SAYING:
"Is it nice that your children are begging for food here and they don't find any. We went to there to find work, we went to the city to find work and they kill our kids. We left to find what they could give to our children because I don't even have a home. In the U.S. they detained me for 18 days, giving me food without salt, drinks without sugar."
Visiting Texas earlier in the week Honduran First Lady Ana Garcia de Hernandez, says its a journey with no happy ending.
(SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) HONDURAN FIRST LADY, ANA GARCIA DE HERNANDEZ, SAYING:
"I want to call on all the parents who are sending their children, all the mothers and those responsible for these children to not risk the lives of their children in bringing them here to the United States. It's not worth it because at the end of the journey they will not stay in the U.S. legally. They are risking their lives, as well as their own."
Between October and May, more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central America, crossed into the US, nearly double the number in the previous 12 months.
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