In the News / December 2015

The Deported | New York Times

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What happens when Central Americans are deported?

Follow the journey of Kelvin Villanueva,Honduran deportee, trying to escape the violence and conflict in his home country. This is one man’s story but it illustrates the challenges across the region.

“Over the last five years, the United States has deported more than half a million Hondurans, Guatemalans and Salvadorans, many of whom, like Villanueva, have had to leave their children behind. Although Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, says it exercises discretion to target lawbreakers for removal, a majority of Central American deportees have no criminal record. Among those who do, about half are guilty of either a traffic violation or an immigration-­related crime — entering the country illegally, for instance. At Ramón Villeda Morales, most arrivals I met were captured while crossing the border.”

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