Central Americans Migrating to United States to Avoid Violence

The number of individuals without U.S. citizenship migrating to the United States from Central America is on the rise, according to reports. Although the number of Central Americans coming to America is still small compared to those from Mexico, experts are saying the number is increasing due to the poverty and violence taking place in many Central American nations, according to Fox News.

Hector Augusto Lopez, 28, moved back to his native Honduras after being deported from the United States to try to rebuild his life. He found a job working as a shoe salesman in Catacamas, Honduras – however, this past March, three patrons to the store were shot and killed right in front of his eyes. According to the source, Lopez was getting ready to board a cargo train headed toward the United States as he spoke of the perils of his native country.

“There is no future there,” he said.

According to the source, Honduras had to the world’s highest homicide rate in 2010 with 82.1 murders per 100,000 residents. The United States saw 5 homicides per 100,000 inhabitants. David Shirk, director of the Trans-Border Institute at the University of San Diego, said that a lot of people in Central America are currently willing to do anything it takes to get out of their countries.

Many immigrants from Central America remain trapped in Mexico after one of the bridges for a cargo train collapsed, injuring nearly 3,500 people including pregnant women, children and ill people. According to Fox News, the immigration train route, which derailed on June 17, is used by many Central Americans to reach Mexico en route to the United States.