In an op-ed for the Dallas Morning News, I highlight the reasons migrants are fleeing Central America and how nonprofits like Buckner International can help improve conditions in these countries.
Knowing what motivates migrants to undertake a dangerous journey, like that of the caravan of asylum-seekers from Central America, is key to helping them remain and prosper in their countries of birth.
According to the Pew Research Center, legal and unauthorized immigration has dropped for Mexicans, but it increased 25 percent from 2007 to 2015 for people escaping the Northern Triangle, an area in Central America composed of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador.
Nearly 30,000 family units from Honduras were taken into custody at the border during the first half of 2018 compared with less than 25,000 for all of 2017, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.
Find out what motivates these families in my full column in the Dallas Morning-News.