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Central American Border-crossers Both Pushed, Drawn to USi
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August 11, 2014 9:55 PM
The tens of thousands of Central Americans who have crossed over the border in south Texas seeking asylum over the past year left their homelands to escape poverty and violence. But they also have been drawn to the United States by the idea that they would be allowed to stay. Even though many of them, in fact, face deportation after their expensive, difficult and dangerous journey, they say they had no choice but to try. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more in this report.

Central American Border-crossers Both Pushed, Drawn to US

Published August 11, 2014

The tens of thousands of Central Americans who have crossed over the border in south Texas seeking asylum over the past year left their homelands to escape poverty and violence. But they also have been drawn to the United States by the idea that they would be allowed to stay. Even though many of them, in fact, face deportation after their expensive, difficult and dangerous journey, they say they had no choice but to try. VOA’s Greg Flakus has more in this report.


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by: Steven from: Ohio
August 13, 2014 7:00 AM
According to an EPIC (El Paso Intelligence Center) report, only about 43% of the illegals sited violence and crime as reasons for their invading the US, yet 44% never even mentioned being afraid of the drugs or gangs as reasons for the infestation. Also, why, if they are attempting to get away from the violence, etc. are they traveling over 1,100 miles to get to the US?


by: linda
August 12, 2014 10:45 PM
I do have empathy for them but many of them need to be deported including the millions already here. They will soon take over this country and that isn't good because most of all them coming in are uneducated people that have numerous children. They don't try and learn English for they can teach their children but then expect our teachers to be able to teach a child that has no idea of what you are saying. In my town the percentage of Hispanics has gone from 5 percent to 21 percent. They destroyed the part of town they moved to and have increased the crime rates. We have enough uneducated trash here without millions coming in from other countries. They should have taken the thousands they saved to pay a coyote and moved somewhere else because I for one don't want to keep paying taxes to support them.


by: Veracity from: USA
August 12, 2014 9:21 PM
They could go to the many successful Latin countries in Central and south America.
These countries should encourage them to resettle their.
Its not the US's responsibility to harbor them after giving their home countries financial aid too.
The catholic church can help with their settling in costs.


by: G Thoma from: Columbus Ohio
August 12, 2014 8:23 PM
All they are going to do is bring that stuff into the U.S. They need to stay where they are and take care of business themselves. We do not want you here


by: Carmen from: Dallas
August 12, 2014 7:37 PM
They have created the violence , Guatemala is not better or worse than many places in the world, do we need to get people that do not have skills, many can not even read Spanish that will continue having children they can not support?
This is no excuse to accepts thousands of illegals , we have our own to take care.
Illegal immigration, asylum is not the answer. They want change , change your country culture.


by: melody carroll from: washington dc
August 12, 2014 5:23 PM
im sorry for them i really am my heart goes out to them but this country is overly to crowded the us can not afford this its so many american people who do not have a job still this is not right to the american people not at all


by: Sooper Dooper from: Arizona
August 12, 2014 10:55 AM
Our politicians are sissies, losers and only in it for themselves. They all should be tried for treason.