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Hondurans Migrating to U.S. in Large Numbers

U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported more than 41,000 encounters with Hondurans at the U.S.-Mexico border in March.

Deanna Garcia

Apr 20, 2021

A mother and daughter in Queens are fighting eviction and the deportation of the father of the family after fleeing violence in Honduras, June 21, 2019. Credit: Ben Fractenberg

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Last month, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported more than 41,000 encounters with Hondurans at the U.S.-Mexico border. Hondurans continue to flee their home country to come to the U.S. because of violence, a lack of jobs and damage created by two major hurricanes from last November. Gilles Carbonnier, vice president of the International Committee of the Red Cross, spoke about a meeting he had with a Honduran cobbler. The person owned a shop in Tegucigalpa, but was beat up by a street gang in the area when he couldn’t pay them. This led him to migrate to the U.S., but he got deported last year. The Red Cross gave him money to help him relocate. The Associated Press 

In other national immigration news…

Mexico Detaining More Central Americans Than Last Year

Mexico President Andrés Manuel López’s government has detained and deported more than 60 percent more Central American migrants in March of this year compared to March 2020. About 15,800 Central American migrants were detained in Mexico in March, a 32 percent jump compared to February. Deportations were meanwhile up 61 percent in March when compared to February. Mexican officials implemented dozens of raids at transportation hubs throughout March, which resulted in more than 1,200 migrants detained, with about 30 percent of them being minors. The Wall Street Journal and The Hill 

Unaccompanied Migrants Transfer to New Facility in Houston

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced on Saturday the sudden closure of the Emergency Intake Site for Unaccompanied Children at the National Association of Christian Churches site in Houston. The department said the 450 teenage girls would either be transferred or reunited with family or sponsors. According to HHS officials, about 130 of the girls have plans to be reunited with a sponsor. Immigrant organizations are trying to figure out why officials closed the facility so soon. Cesar Espinosa, a local nonprofit’s executive director, said the facility’s conditions were “inappropriate for anyone, especially young girls.” ABC13 

Human Smugglers Proliferate on Facebook

A new report by the Tech Transparency Project revealed that human smugglers are increasingly using Facebook to advertise services for migrants who want to cross the U.S.-Mexico border. The report identified 50 Facebook pages for smugglers, and over half of them were created since mid-November. Most of the pages used the word “coyote,” a known term used for smugglers, to indicate the service being offered. Some of the pages were also categorized as “travel company” or “product/service.” The content of each page was similar, selling migration to the U.S. A Facebook spokesperson the company has “removed this content and will continue to do so.” CNN 

Educators Say Lack of Asian American History Teaching Leads to Violence

A majority of Erika Lee’s undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota have never learned about Asian American history before being in her class. The professor of history and Asian American studies, who is also the director of the university’s Immigration History Research Center, said, “That’s what it’s like to be invisible, to feel like your history doesn’t matter or count.” The lack of knowledge on Asian American history causes an “abyss” and allows stereotypes, ignorance and racism to grow, Lee continued. Advocates argue that having more diversity in learning history will help students of color feel valued within their classrooms. Earlier this week, the Illinois House of Representatives passed a bill requiring public schools to teach Asian American history. Sahan Journal



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