The past few days we’ve seen some pretty incredible news footage of thousands of kids coming from Central America. These are kids fleeing their home countries, like Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, all of them looking for asylum. They’ve been flowing across the border steadily since October of last year to the tune of over 52,000 of them.
It’s causing a serious crisis at the border and the TV news has been showing angry people refusing to let buses pass into their part of the country. Yelling and screaming, holding up poorly spelled and written signs, generally being ugly.
So why is this all happening? You could look to research and statistics that say the reason 58% of the kids who are coming here are leaving their homes because of safety concerns. There is a lot of violence in these far off places. El Salvador and Honduras are riddled with gangs who are involved in the drug trade.
Same thing going on through most of Central America and the idea of shipping children off to relatives living here in this country is too good to pass up. The only problem, it’s caused an influx of illegals into the U.S. not seen since Castro opened his jails and hundreds seeking asylum entered our shores from Cuba. [Read more…]