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Left Behind and Shut Out: Migrants On What Drives Their Journey North

To understand the root cause behind the surge of Central American children flooding to the border, Univision’s Maria Elena Salinas went to the source — she visited young migrants from El Salvador who were detained in Mexico on their way north, spoke with a coyote or smuggler about his trade, and also traveled to Guatemala – where many of the migrants are from – to interview a father who makes $12 a day sorting trash to support his five children.

She learned that the children are fleeing to escape “poverty, violence and a bleak future,” and are determined to make it to the United States.

A 19-year-old man from El Salvador she spoke with had been detained by Mexican immigration authorities. When asked what he planned to do next, he responded, “I’ll go back and then I’ll this way (north).”

Watch the full interview with Maria Elena Salinas here:

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