Mexico grapples with flow of hundreds of migrants

By: Matt McGovern Email
By: Matt McGovern Email
A Mexican expert on migrants blasted her government for not doing enough to stem the flow of young migrants trying to get to the US from Central America.

Mexico is the popular crossing point for Central Americans, especially children, who are trying to get to the US.

MEXICO (NBC) - A Mexican expert on migrants blasted her government for not doing enough to stem the flow of young migrants trying to get to the US from Central America.

Mexico is the popular crossing point for Central Americans, especially children, who are trying to get to the US.

It's a dangerous journey. The migrants ride trains almost 2,000 miles and many migrants are raped, extorted and kidnapped by gangs.

Mexico's foreign minister said his country must work with Central American governments to help migrants.

A migration expert Dr. Leticia Calderon Chelius said the government doesn't really care. She said the government speaks of 50,000 children migrants like it was five migrants.

She said young women migrants prepare to be sexually assaulted, they take contraceptives before making the trip.

A 17-year-old migrant who's waiting for the next train said it's a dangerous trip. He said mothers and children should not make the trip. They suffer too much.

Many mothers with children stop at a refuge in San Luis Potosi. One pregnant woman from El Salvador said she was forced to leave home because her family was threatened.

The number of children migrants arriving at the US border continues to increase despite statements by president Barack Obama that children who arrive at the US border will be deported.


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