Child Deportees Face Uncertain Homecoming In El Salvador

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Federal authorities say they need to build a new immigration lockup in south Texas to handle the surge of young people who have illegally crossed into the U.S.

Many of these immigrants say they're fleeing drug and gang violence in Central America. Some are seeking asylum. Others are being held in detention, awaiting deportation.

El Salvador is one of the countries scrambling to receive thousands of these children from the U.S. and Mexico.

It's also under pressure from its own people to provide protection for its children. Here & Now Contributors Network, Fronteras reporter Kate Sheehy has more about the situation.


  • Kate Sheehy, senior field correspondent in Tucson for the Fronteras Network and KJZZ. She tweets @khsheehy.

This segment aired on September 12, 2014.


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