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Northern Triangle Migrants Have New Challenge: The Trump Administration

LADB Article ID: 80192
Category/Department: Region
Date: 2017-01-26
By: George Rodríguez

If they manage to enter US territory after an extremely perilous journey through Mexico, migrants from the Northern Triangle of Central America are now faced with a new risk: Anti-immigration stalwart Donald Trump as the new tenant at the White House. But the magnitude of the violence in their home countries––El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras––is such that it is not likely that their numbers will decrease in the immediate future. Although there is not much clarity regarding Trump’s government plan for the next four years, he repeatedly warned while campaigning that his administration would be cracking down on undocumented immigrants. Migrants leaving the Northern Triangle say they are driven out by violence derived mainly from organized crime, including drug trafficking, score settling, and territorial gang wars, and also by lack of opportunities in their home countries and persecution based on sexual orientation. The region’s population is estimated at just under 30 million, while the homicide rate in El Salvador stands at 81.7 homicides per 100,000 residents, followed by Honduras with 58 homicides per 100,000 residents, and Guatemala with 27.3 homicides per 100,000 residents.

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