Migrant Children Returned To Violence-Racked Home Countries

CBS News – The Obama administration and House Republicans remain at odds over the crisis at the border. There’s one thing on which they do agree: fast-tracking the deportation of thousands of young Central Americans who entered the country illegally.

But once they are deported, an even greater challenge is waiting for them back home, CBS News correspondent Manuel Bojorquez reports.

They arrive by the busload: dozens of young people, some holding infants, who had packed bags and headed north. But they were caught before they could reach the U.S. and were sent back to El Salvador.

“It was one of the toughest decisions of my life,” said one 16-year-old who’d fled with her child. “But I’m afraid for my son because of the violence and gangs here, so I had to try.”

During the first three weeks of July, almost 1,500 deportees came through one processing center, 467 of them minors.

Officials ask basic information, allow them to call a relative, and then send them on their way.

They return, in most cases, to the same circumstances from which they ran away: entrenched poverty, lack of opportunity, and skyrocketing gang violence.

El Salvador has the world’s fourth-highest murder rate.

Zaira Navas is executive director of the country’s Council for Children and Adolescents.

“Certainly there is violence that leads to some of the citizens leaving the country,” she said, “but it is not the only cause of the situation.”

She believes young people are being lured away by smugglers or relatives in the U.S. “With all due respect, some people would say that these are excuses that are being offered up for the fact that government has not done much to prevent the growth of these gangs, and that the violence is the reason the kids are trying to leave,” Navas said.

Navas does think there is still hope for children in El Salvador.

“Is the solution to say, in order to satisfy whoever listens, the government has failed?” Navas said, “What we should say is, what are we going to do and how are we going to resolve it?”

Navas thinks the solution includes identifying bad neighborhoods, but instead of just a hard-line police approach, she also favors prevention measures, bringing services and investments to these communities.

The test will be what happens after these teenagers pass this center’s gates.

“If things get worse here, I’ll try again,” one minor said.

The Obama administration has said that any minors who have made it to the United States and qualify for asylum will be allowed to go through that process, but there are concerns that speeding up the deportations will not allow for a thorough review of those cases.

9 comments

  • Robdean

    It’s time for the populations of what ever the country it may be to let who’s have heart for the home land be the head of,not head out. Like some done.

  • Arnold Fudpucker

    “It was one of the toughest decisions of my life,” said one 16-year-old who’d fled with her child. “But I’m afraid for my son because of the violence and gangs here, so I had to try.”
    We have become a welfare dumping ground. These other countries know the USA is too weak and too corrupt to deal with this invasion. The problem starts at the top. It is time to remove obumma from office.

    • Get Real

      Well-said, and true. We have more than enough problems already, we should deal with our own before we take on the problems of others. I have no sympathy for these illegal aliens whose first act upon entering the country is to break our law.

      • Cristin ortiz

        Don’t be racist people please …. If we’re black, white , brown American citizen or not we all the same we have the same rights

      • HL

        ortiz, What did either one of them say, that was racist? And illegal aliens do NOT have the same rights as American citizens.

  • Richard S. Drake

    “It was one of the toughest decisions of my life,” said one 16-year-old who’d fled with her child. “But I’m afraid for my son because of the violence and gangs here, so I had to try.”
    An INVASION? Well, maybe if you are really, really paranoid, and more than a little bigoted.

  • Kyle Terry

    To the above replies: Ortiz, making a blanket accusation of “RACIST” is a weak minded response to a valid statement that you have no retort for. I do hope you will take the time to research your chosen wording, possibly in a dictionary. Richard, I have children the today’s educational system and they are inadequate at best in their current state and do not wish to further damage American children’s minds by introducing 100,000 non-English speaking children into an already broken system that would have to accommodate those children at the expense of mine. As “socially advanced”
    as you apparently think the current Human is, take a look. We are NOT above the animal behavior and self serving attitude it is to be human, sorry! Humans are war like, arrogant, ignorant, selfish, vengeful, cruel, virus like plague on the planet, but for there to be a “winner”, the strongest must survive, cruel as it may sound. The Universe does not account for feelings, only mass and energy on the simplest terms, thus the strong survive. To end then, if you look in the dictionary you will find “Sympathy” between Shit and Syphilis.

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