Quoted in Arizona’s The Republic

See the full article by Bob Ortega here: http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/06/09/immigrant-children-arizona-border-answers/10246771/ . I appreciate Bob taking the time to talk with me. Notably, just over 60 percent (so, more than half) cite crime, gang threats and violence as their primary reason for emigrating.

‘Gang violence in El Salvador and in urban areas of Guatemala has escalated dramatically in recent months since a weak truce among rival gangs has evaporated, said Elizabeth G. Kennedy, a Fulbright scholar reached Monday in San Salvador, the capital of El Salvador.

“Half of them are fleeing for their lives,” she said.

Kennedy, investigating the causes of child migration, has interviewed more than 400 child migrants. For many, Kennedy said, “their decision is: Do I face possible death in migrating or sure death in staying?”‘

This article’s excerpt was then run on USA Today on 13 June 2014: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2014/06/13/migrant-children-housing-conditions/10402609/ .

 

CITA EN LA REPÚBLICA DE ARIZONA

Vea el artículo completo de Bob Ortega, aquí: http http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/immigration/2014/06/09/immigrant-children-arizona-border-answers/10246771/. Agradezco a Bob por tomarse el tiempo para hablar conmigo. Cabe destacar que un poco más del 60 por ciento (es decir, más de la mitad) citan la delincuencia, las amenazas de las pandillas y la violencia como la razón principal para emigrar.

‘La violencia de pandillas en El Salvador y en las zonas urbanas de Guatemala ha aumentado dramáticamente en los últimos meses, desde que una tregua débil entre pandillas rivales se evaporó, dijo Elizabeth G. Kennedy, una becaria Fulbright,  contactada el lunes, en San Salvador, capital de El Salvador.

“La mitad de ellos están huyendo por sus vidas”, dijo.

Kennedy, investigando las causas de la migración infantil, ha entrevistado a más de 400 niños y niñas migrantes. Para muchos, dijo Kennedy, “su decisión es: ¿Me enfrento a una posible muerte en la migración o a la muerte segura en quedarse”

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