In Honduras, U.S. deportees have already begun to be murdered

In Honduras, U.S. deportees have already begun to be murdered

honduras-deportees-seek-journey-north-again.pngAt least 5 children who were deported to Honduras since February have already been murdered, a Los Angeles Times article reported on Saturday:

"There are many youngsters who only three days after they've been deported are killed, shot by a firearm," said Hector Hernandez, who runs the morgue in San Pedro Sula. "They return just to die."

At least five, perhaps as many as 10, of the 42 children slain here since February had been recently deported from the U.S., Hernandez said.

Immigrant aid groups and human rights organizers say the Honduran government is ill-equipped to assist children at high risk after they have been returned.

This is one snap shot from the morgue in one city in the region.

Read more after the jump.

It is likely that more U.S. deportees have been murdered or are in danger of being murdered in other cities in the country. There is no systematic follow-up and monitoring to ensure the well-being of children and families deported from the U.S. in any of these three countries where displacement rates are high.

Despite the rhetoric of the Obama administration, leading Republicans like Ted Cruz and John Cornyn and Democrats like Henry Cuellar, the reality is that these children are in mortal danger. Pushes to strip away protections and deport them faster will only worsen the situation and put children back into danger.

As a representative of an area composed of many immigrants, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-Laredo/Mission) should be especially sensitive to the needs of migrant children. Instead, he's taken the opposite stand.

Though he is a supporter of comprehensive immigration reform to fix our broken system, he has come out strongly in favor of stripping protections from Central American children. Rather than reuniting them with family members in the U.S. to await their immigration hearing, his mis-titled HUMANE Act would place their fate in the hands of Border Patrol agents ill-equipped and often unwilling to identify victims of human trafficking, rape and extreme violence.

The reality is that these children made their way to our doorstep, we turned them away, and now they are dead. We can do better than that. We must do better than that. If not, we risk a stain on our nation's moral reputation and more children's lives will be cut short.

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