Hector Hernandez, director of the San Pedro Sula morgue in Honduras, said at least 42 children have been murdered since February, when the US deported a group of unaccompanied children back to the violence plagued country. In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Hernandez said that as many as ten of the murdered children were recently deported from the United States, including one teenager who was shot and killed hours after being returned to the country.
Hernandez said during the interview:
“There are many youngsters who only three days after they’ve been deported are killed, shot by a firearm. They return only to die.”
Children who are not murdered run the risk of being sold into prostitution, abducted by human traffickers or turned into look-outs for the violent gangs that have overrun the country.
Many of the 60,000 migrant children now in the US, came here after their families were murdered in their own countries. Hernandez reported nearly 600 murders in the past seven months, in Honduras alone.
“Everywhere here is dangerous. There is no security. They kill people all the time. It’s a sin to be young in Honduras.”
Sosa has seen 15 people murdered in his young life, including his pregnant cousin. He crossed the US border after his cousin’s murder, only to be caught and deported back to Honduras. He attempted a second border crossing in the fall of 2013, which was also not successful. He said that he dreams of coming to the US again in the future. Until then, he spends his days indoors, fearful of the crime and violence that plagues his neighborhood of Cabanas, one of the worst in the country.
The right wing “Christians” who sent these migrant children back to die, also refuse to approve funding to deal with the border crisis.
Thanks to the ‘good Christians’ of right-wing America, many children like Sosa, who flee the horrible violence of their own countries, will find no comfort here.
The right-wing screams about the back log of immigration cases and demands that the tens of thousands of migrant children who came to the US seeking refuge, be forced to leave the country immediately. Yet, the GOP Congress has refused to allocate funds to deal with the problem.
Judges across the country are swamped with cases. On top of that, new federal policies force those cases to fast tracked through the system. A recent report from the Tampa Bay Times revealed that immigration judges in the city of Miami are dealing with a back log of more than 1,200 cases each. Other regions of the US, New York and Texas for example, are facing the same difficult set of circumstances.
As usual, Republicans want to complain about everything that is wrong in the country, but they don’t want to spend a single red cent to help fix the problem. President Obama asked Congress to allocate $3.7 billion to help deal with the backlog of cases. The money could have been used to hire additional judges to handle the back log of immigration cases, as well as to provide additional border security.
But how could republicans say that Obama is failing to deal with the border crisis, provide adequate security at the border, or deal with the enormous back log of immigration cases, if they approve the funding necessary to address those issues successfully? It’s all political showmanship. Sadly, there are tens of thousands of children who are caught in the middle of republican politicizing and postulating. Those children are the ones who are being harmed the most by the right wing’s failure to act in good faith or conscience.
Here’s a video from Democracy Now on the plight of families and children trying to leave Honduras.
Featured photo: ImmigrationImpact.Com.