America’s child migrant crisis, a made-in-the-U.S. problem / Robert Muggah

The U.S. war on drugs and gangs at home just shifted the problem to Central America — and back

When gang members come knocking, Central American households are offered a sinister choice: give us your children or let them stay and be killed.

Not surprisingly, many of the region’s most desperate families are fleeing their homes in record numbers.

This past year alone, more than 62,000 children and adolescents made the perilous trek from the northern triangle — El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras — to what they hoped would be safe refuge in the U.S.

The scale and pace of the displacement crisis is staggering. This year, U.S. custom officials picked up 17,500 unaccompanied children from Honduras, 15,700 from Guatemala and 14,500 from El Salvador. SEE  MORE…

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