Quoted in NBC News story by Erik Ortiz on 25 July 2014

Access the full story, “American-Grown Gangs Fuel Immigration Crisis From Central America,” here: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/american-grown-gangs-fuel-immigration-crisis-central-america-n165136.

The lack of legitimate economic opportunities in the region and an average minimum wage of just $150 to $300 per month are keeping the gang lifestyle alive, said Fulbright Scholar Elizabeth Kennedy.

“Some of the jobs have disappeared because of free-trade agreements, and now you have even less work with lower wages,” Kennedy said in a phone interview from El Salvador, where she is researching immigrant children who have been sent back from the U.S.-Mexico border.

CITADA EN NUEVAS HISTORIAS NBC POR ERIK ORTIZ, EL 25 DE JULIO DEL 2014

Ingresa a la historia completa, “American-Grown Gangs Fuel Immigration Crisis From Central America,” aquí: http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/immigration-border-crisis/american-grown-gangs-fuel-immigration-crisis-central-america-n165136.

La falta de oportunidades económicas legítimas en la región y un salario mínimo promedio de tan solo $150 a $300 por mes están manteniendo viva la vida de las pandillas, dijo la becaria Fulbright, Elizabeth Kennedy.

“Algunos de los puestos de trabajo han desaparecido debido a los acuerdos de libre comercio, y ahora, incluso se tiene menos trabajos con salarios más bajos”, dijo Kennedy en una entrevista telefónica desde El Salvador, donde está investigando a los niños inmigrantes que han sido retornados de la frontera entre México y Estados Unidos.

 

 

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