Honduras has the highest homicide rate in the world, by a significant margin. According to 2012 statistics, El Salvador and Guatemala both rank in the top five most dangerous countries. It is no wonder that children, youth, and young families from these three countries are fleeing to the United States in droves, asking for protection from the strong and stable U.S. government. Despite the grave dangers facing any of these individuals upon return, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has begun to expedite deportations of this vulnerable group, often deporting them directly to the most dangerous city in the world: San Pedro Sula.
Children and families who have recently arrived from Central American have been placed on priority dockets in Colorado and elsewhere, with some respondents only seeing an immigration judge by teleconference. Whereas juveniles were previously scheduled during a special docket on one afternoon a month in Colorado, five full days have been set aside for the juvenile and family docket in the Month of August, and two more have already been scheduled before September 12th.
According a morgue director in San Pedro Sula, he accepted the bodies of 42 dead children since February of this year. As many as 25% of those children had been recently deported from the U.S. The violence has continued unabated; that same morgue director reported that another five recently deported youth have died of gunshot wounds in the last week. The U.S. government is literally sending these youth and children to their deaths, and it is expediting the process.
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