Gang violence in Central America to blame for spike in illegal immigration

FOXNEWS — More than 47,000 unaccompanied minors have illegally crossed the border into the U.S. from Mexico so far this year, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Almost 75 percent of the children apprehended are from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador. Increased violence by gangs involved in the drug trade is one of the main reasons minors give for leaving their home countries. “Each of these countries are on the corridor of drug trafficking northward from Venezuela and elsewhere in South America,” said Roger Noriega, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. “The relatively weak governments in Central America do not have the resources to take on the narcos.” [Read More]