What’s bringing so many children and families to decide a dangerous trip, not accompanied by parents and smuggled into the U.S. with an uncertain future, is better than their alternatives? Our domestic policy intern, Lauren Davis, provides a helpful insight to the humanitarian crisis in Central America:
The root causes of the current exodus of children and families from these three countries are not universally agreed upon, but many organizations link the exodus to a rise in violence related to gangs and drug cartels. Since October of 2013, more than 80,000 children have made their way to the U.S. as part of this exodus. More than 50,000 made the thousand-mile journey without a parent, risking rape, murder, torture, and more to escape conditions in their home country.
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