The Crisis of Immigrant Children

By David Johanssen

In the last several years, images of unaccompanied children and families from Central America showing up at the US-Mexico border have stunned Americans. More immigrants are now coming from Honduras than anywhere else in Central America. The society there has yet to recover from a recent coup that crippled the economy and unleashed extreme levels of violence.

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Shelter Theater
Vicente Guerrero 4
154 7524

We will be having an in-depth look at this humanitarian crisis at the Shelter Theater on Tuesday, September 1, at 5pm. Join us as we present the documentaries Murder and Migration in Honduras and Undocumented and Underage: The Crisis of Migrant Children. Afterwards, we will hold a discussion on this important topic.

A large percentage of immigrants who come to the US are Hondurans, and their journey north is grueling. When traveling from Central America to the United States through Mexico, migrant children are forced to battle drug cartels, corrupt police officers, and human traffickers, all before they even come close to the US border.

Most migrants cross into Mexico on rafts. After that, they need to protect themselves from corrupt Mexican police, drug cartels like the infamous Zetas, and even fellow migrants. They often travel by foot, but many ride on top of “the Beast,” the freight trains that travel from the south to the north of Mexico.

While the majority of the migrants are young men, a small percentage of them are women who endure hardships like the possibility of being raped by anyone they come across. Some are forced to stay in the border state of Chiapas and work as prostitutes because they need to save money to continue their journey. These young people often lose their lives following the dream of a better life. Why do so many families and young people risk everything to migrate illegally to the US?

Shelter Theater is part of the Shelter VG4 Cultural Center, located at Vicente Guerrero 4, a 10-minute walk from the Jardín. Phone 154 7524 or visit sheltervg4.com to see upcoming films and events. Taxi concierge service available to/from “Teatro Shelter.”

 

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