Strengthening families in Central America may reduce future migrant caravans

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.

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2 thoughts on “Strengthening families in Central America may reduce future migrant caravans

  1. Dr. Reyes,

    Thank you for your article. Great information and insights. Migration is a worldwide and ancient phenomenon. History and the Bible tells how people migrated from one part of the world to another due to natural disasters, wars, and other social circumstances. I just think of the Israelite exodus, a caravan of more than two million people migrating to the land of Cannan. Several hundred years ago Europe migrated to the West. Spain, Portugal, France, Britain, and other countries settled in what we call today the American Continent. I think, what is happening now is a migration not so much from East to West but from South to North. Africa, South Asia, Middle East, and Latin America are migrating to the North. I agree that helping the South to succeed will help to stop more Caravans coming to the United States and also will show that we, Christians in the U.S. care for the least of this world like Jesus did.

    Thank you for sharing a message of hope and doing your part.

    • Thanks Dr. Juarez! Our role is to serve people in need, wherever they are, to bring solutions and show the love of Christ in practical ways. We believe this action can do more to stabilize families, redeem narratives, and build success for families and their children.