Deported Children Being Murdered After Being Sent Back

As most Republicans demand the immediate return of the 55,000 or so child refugees fleeing Central America for the United States (in direct contravention of the law, incidentally), those who are being deported are facing serious violence upon their return. At least five children have been murdered after being sent back to Honduras alone.

Between five and ten migrant children have been killed since February after the United States deported them back to Honduras, a morgue director told the Los Angeles Times. Lawmakers have yet to come up with best practices to deal with the waves of unaccompanied children apprehended by Border Patrol agents, but some politicians refute claims that children are fleeing violence and are opting instead to fund legislation that would fast-track their deportations.

San Pedro Sula morgue director Hector Hernandez told the Los Angeles Times that his morgue has taken in 42 dead children since February. According to an interview with relatives by the LA Times, one teenager was shot dead hours after getting deported. Last year, San Pedro Sula saw 187 killings for every 100,000 residents, a statistic that has given the city the gruesome distinction as the murder capital of the world. That distinction has also been backed up by an U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency infographic, which found that many Honduran children are on the run from extremely violent regions “where they probably perceive the risk of traveling alone to the U.S. preferable to remaining at home.” Hugo Ramon Maldonado of the Committee for the Protection of Human Rights in Honduras believes that about 80 percent of Hondurans making the exodus are fleeing crime or violence.

Since October 2013, Border Patrol agents have apprehended about 63,000 unaccompanied children and another 63,000 “family units” (adults and children) at the southern U.S. border. While a steady stream of deported immigrants are flown back to Honduras about three times per week, the United States sent its first planeload of about 40 Honduran mothers and children from this particular wave in mid-July. Those individuals were dropped off in Honduras’ capital San Pedro Sula.

To hear conservatives tell it, all these kids are drug mules, gang members and terrorists. The reality is that they are fleeing appalling conditions of poverty and violence and the only humane thing to do is to help them, not send them away.

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  • Chiroptera

    (in direct contravention of the law, incidentally)

    That can’t be right, seeing how they criticize Obama when he’s lax in rigorously enforcing the laws they want enforced.

    And if there is one thing that the Right Wing is known for, it’s their unyielding and uncompromising stand on a consistent set of principles.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The reality is that they are fleeing appalling conditions of poverty and violence and the only humane thing to do is to help them, not send them away.

    Look, we Conservatives know they live in terrible conditions. That’s why we don’t think about it. For a while we were Compassionate Conservatives, and almost had to think about it, doing what we could at the time, with tax cuts, deregulation and Medicare Part D, but it didn’t help.

    And now that we’ve dropped the “Compassionate” we can state the truth; that if these disease-ridden drug mule ChiCom Al Qaeda terrorists really want things to get better, they have to pull themselves up by the bootstraps they don’t have. Instead of running away from the violence, they have to run toward it.

  • Michael Heath

    modusoperandi writes:

    And now that we’ve dropped the “Compassionate” we can state the truth; that if these disease-ridden drug mule ChiCom Al Qaeda terrorists really want things to get better, they have to pull themselves up by the bootstraps they don’t have. Instead of running away from the violence, they have to run toward it.

    I see a movie script. It’d be a great second feature right after the next Kevin Sorbo movie.

  • Chiroptera

    The reality is that they are fleeing appalling conditions of poverty and violence and the only humane thing to do is to help them, not send them away.

    Yeah, but what about the appalling conditions Christians face in this country? I mean, a Christain baker may be forced to bake a cake for gay people and get paid for it! That’s some real persecution right there, and I don’t see how what happens in those other countries can compare.

  • Alverant

    Someone on FTB (or elsewhere, I honestly forget where I read it) made a comment that bears repeating.

    Conservatives see the world in two groups, “us” and “them”. The “us” are protected by the laws but not necessarily bound by them. The “them” are bound by the laws but not necessarily protected by them, unless it also protects the “us” as well.

  • dugglebogey

    And if protecting these children will “destroy” America, as the conservative people seem fond of saying, then I say a country that can be destroyed by a few thousand children doesn’t deserve to exist in the first place.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    A couple of books that help explain why things are so fucked up down there and USia’s role in making that a reality.

    http://www.amazon.com/Banana-Fate-Fruit-Changed-World/dp/0452290082

    http://www.amazon.com/Secret-History-Classified-Operations-Guatemala/dp/0804754683/ref=tmm_pap_title_0

  • Brony

    I would be fascinated by what the people who want to send these children back to horrible conditions think about parents bringing their children to protests in Ferguson. I can’t say for sure that there are any patterns there, but the thought of finding out is fun in a predatory sense.

  • matty1

    I am now amazed that no one mentioned all this stuff to me in 2009 when I flew into San Pedro Sula and backpacked around Honduras and neighbouring countries. I knew it wasn’t the best city to explore at night but had no idea it was that bad.

    Incidentally the capital of Honduras is Tegucigalpa.

  • Hercules Grytpype-Thynne

    some politicians refute claims that children are fleeing violence

    And some writers at ThinkProgress have no idea what the word “refute” means.

  • eric

    I knew it wasn’t the best city to explore at night but had no idea it was that bad.

    Yeah, Hondouras has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with a national average of 82 per 100,000 people per year (according to Wikipedia). Just one quibble: Ed’s initial paragraph makes it sound a bit like these kids are getting killed for being sent back, but the murder rate is so high that it’s statistically likely that in any given month you’d see 5 of any other cohort of 50,000 kids murdered; the returnees are experiencing the baseline rate, not a heightened rate.

    That, of course, is still awful even if they aren’t being targeted, and the baseline rate itself is reason enough to give them asylum here.