Central Americans Flood North Through Mexico to US

Olga R. Rodriguez, ABC News, July 12, 2012


While the number of Mexicans heading to the U.S. has dropped dramatically, a surge of Central American migrants is making the 1,000-mile northbound journey this year, fueled in large part by the rising violence brought by the spread of Mexican drug cartels. Other factors, experts say, are an easing in migration enforcement by Mexican authorities, and a false perception that Mexican criminal gangs are not preying on migrants as much as they had been.

Central American migration remains small compared to the numbers of Mexicans still headed north, but their steeply rising numbers speak starkly to the violence and poverty at home. The perils of the journey have pushed smuggling fees as high as $7,000, as much as double the earlier rates, for a trip that takes weeks, or even months for those delayed by robberies, health problems or difficulties finding transportation.

Honduras, with a population of 7 million, had the world’s highest homicide rate in 2010, with 6,200 killings, or 82.1 murders per 100,000 inhabitants. That’s up from 57 murders per 100,000 inhabitants in 2008. Neighboring El Salvador had 66 homicides per 100,000 in 2010. The U.S., by comparison, saw about 5 homicides per 100,000 people.


About 56,637 non-Mexican migrants, most of them Central Americans, were detained by the U.S. Border Patrol along the border with Mexico between October and May. That’s more than double the 27,561 detained in the same period a year ago. Meanwhile, the number of Mexican migrants caught at the U.S. southern border decreased 7 percent this fiscal year, to 188,467.


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  • Because:  When Mexico catches illegal aliens within its own midst from Central America, they ship them northward.

    • ed91

       between our politicians, mexican politicians,business people,  ethnic groups 1-10 etc—————

      the only group that gets the royal shaft is the US taxpayer

      •  “Between China, Mexico, the UAE, everybody’s in on this America thing except for Americans.” — Me, March 25, 2006

    • They do not want Central Americans competing with millions of their illegal alien brethren for jobs in this country. Mexico is territorial regarding those billions of dollars of remittances sent south every year by their invading raza.
      These usually ship them back, or in some cases, simply shoot them….

  • JackKrak

    I have to disagree on the main point – the main reason they come to the US is because half of Honduras & El Salvador already has a brother in L.A., a cousin in Phoenix or an uncle in Miami.

  • Redtailrav

     A few years ago I had to take a 19 hour flight and to entertain my mind I picked up one of those cheap, thick mass market paperbacks that have “The Mammoth Book of…” in the title. In this case I chose “The Mammoth Book of Unsolved Crimes”. I expected the usual famous unsolved murder cases, but was I in for a politically incorrect surprise. Entire chapters covered horrible murders in Africa and Central America. Honduras was featured with its huge numbers of sexually sadistic murders of women and young girls. These murders are almost never solved and the police are incompetent and corrupt. This is the kind of immigrants we want? This is the kind of culture we will transform into?

  • I wonder what they do if they are unable to find work. Do they go back home?

    • Rocky Bass,

       No, they have to elect our next president! In the meantime I am sure they will set about committing the rapes, robberies and murders Americans won’t.

    • The__Bobster

      They have friends and family who will put them up until they can find work. Rent isn’t much when you have ten of them to a room.

    • Why would they go home when they can pump out a few anchor babies and get on the public trough.

  • If they are under 17 and come to DC they can be Barney Franks boyfriends

    •  Not anymore.  He’s “married” now.  Deval Patrick even performed the “marriage.”  I imagine Gov. Patrick asked the other guy if he would take Frank as his lawfully wedded wife.

      • Rocky Bass,

         Yeah and we all know what a mortal SIN he would view committing adultery on his GAY lover/hubby!
        A man of such character would NEVER do such a thing, no never, well not unless the other maybe had a large…

        •  Yeah, I grok.

          As Sailer noted, lesbian women want to be married, gay men want to get married.  Translated, lesbians want the monogamy, gays want the ceremony-pageantry.

      • The__Bobster

        Is this the same guy who ran the poofter brothel out of Bawney’s house? If so, he can find work for the lads.

  • IstvanIN

    Isn’t it sad that we have been conquered by our inferiors?  Yet we have military bases in over 900 foreign locations to defend everyone but us.

  • Robert11110

    I live in a county in an East Coast state that has about 97% percent White demographics and an unemployment rate higher than the national average.  The place I work for decided to contract out some building work in one of our offices. The company they hired sent out a workforce composed almost entirely by illegal immigrants who were likely being paid slave wages and no benefits.  It is no small wonder that socialism is on the march when disaffected Americans see these things going on with their very eyes.  There appears to be nowhere to turn as both political parties want these aliens either for cheap labor or votes.  Pat Buchanan recently penned an article about Americans and other Westerners becoming increasingly disillusioned with the political status quo as evidenced by the rise of extremist parties in Europe.  We will eventually end up a communist nation or a fascist one and if we have to pick or choose I prefer the latter.  At least a far right takeover would put a stop to all this nonsense immediately.

    • IstvanIN

       You are assuming that the Fascists will be 1) white and 2) will support white society.  We do not have a very good track record on the second.

      • Robert11110

        You obviously don’t know what fascism is:
        Fascism  is a radical authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek elevation of their nation based on commitment to an organic national community where its individuals are united together as one people in national identity by suprapersonal connections of ancestry and culture through a totalitarian state that seeks the mass mobilization of a nation through discipline, indoctrination, physical training, and eugenics. Fascism seeks to eradicate perceived foreign influences that are deemed to be causing degeneration of the nation or of not fitting into the national culture.  To achieve its goals, the fascist state purges forces, ideas, people, and systems deemed to be the cause of decadence and degeneration.
        I would much prefer to live in the America of the 1950’s with its democracy and freedom but the weak sort of conservatism we have now appears to be no match for the communist juggernaut that’s overtaking this country.  The homosexual agenda, LaRaza, militant feminism, the NAACP, etc. are running circles around us.  The recent healthcare ruling by Justice Roberts and the lame presidential candidate we have running against Obama makes me wonder if conservatism has been been hijacked. 

        •  A common symbol of fascism is a bunch of like-sized needles tightly bundled by a yoke.  This leads to a philosophical question:  Should fascism be understood as the likeness of the needles, i.e. the likeness of the people in a fascist society, or the tightness of the yoke, i.e. the central authoritarianism if not outright despotism?

          Most anti-fascists would answer the former, some American libertarians would answer the latter.

  • ageofknowledge

    The El Salvadorians have brought so much culture to Southern California. They gave us MS13 and stole every fast food job from our young people.

  • Hirene

    Blame the ranchers, farmers, hotels, nanny agencies and sweatshops for bringing them here.   Once the immigrants get wind of the welfare bonanza, they just have kids and refuse to work.