Multiple deportations are not stopping Central Americans from vowing to try again to illegally enter — and remain — in the United States. Illegal immigrants who have been deported and those that were caught before they made it to the United States are thinking of even more creative approaches they can use to enter the United States.
According to NBC News, “nearly every mother” interviewed at a repatriation center in Honduras that expects to receive about “10 buses a week” of people who were caught making the journey to America “said they would leave Honduras again until they were permanently in the United States.”
One “woman who arrived Friday with nearly 200 others” told NBC News that “she has tried to flee Honduras three times in an effort to reach her family in New York” and nothing would stop her from trying again. This time, she said she will try to enter the United States illegally on a raft.
“The ones getting through are on rafts,” she observed after being sent back.
Social workers at the repatriation center, which also offers Hondurans help looking for job opportunities, said that “only one woman expressed interest in the opportunity” to find a job in Honduras.
Nearly 50,000 illegal immigrant children alone have crossed the U.S-Mexico border since October of last year, and at least 150,000 more are expected to do so next year.
The number of illegal immigrants flooding across the border has drastically increased since President Barack Obama unilaterally enacted his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in 2012 that gave temporary amnesty and work permits to certain illegal immigrant children. The vast majority of these illegal immigrants are arriving from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala.