Children from Honduras, traveling with relatives to the U.S., have their meals at the Todo por ellos (All for them) immigrant shelter in Tapachula, Chiapas, in southern Mexico, June 26, 2014. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez
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Central American exodus driven by povertyPregnant and with a young child in her arms, 17-year-old Andy Lizette Navarro says she has lost hope for the future in her semi-deserted mountain hamlet deep in rural Honduras, and dreams of America.During the eight months ending June 15, some 52,000 children were detained at the U.S. border with Mexico, most of them from Central America."Rumors are being spread that the United States will receive and help young people and children and their mothers and fathers who get in illegally," said Iris Acosta, who grew up in El Guantillo and teaches at the school here.She said parents pulled 22 children aged 5 to 14 out of the school between February and May, all bound for the United States.Local residents estimate more than 1,500 people, or around a third of the population, have deserted the village over time, especially in the last 15 years. Many homes sit empty although others – some large, well made and brightly colored – are springing up, built by migrants who have spent years in the United States but plan to return home some day to a nice house and with some savings. While fewer Mexicans are crossing into the United States, pushing down the overall numbers, more and more Central Americans are making the journey.
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