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Why El Salvador's Youth Are Fleeing07:19

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The immigration crisis involving thousands of unaccompanied minors coming from Central America this past summer, may seem far away, but one in three of the so-called "border kids" remain in the U.S.

The children live with their sponsors, usually a relative, while they wait their fate in immigration court. Many are seeking asylum - claiming gang related violence and extreme poverty threaten their lives if they were to go back to their country of origin.

David Boeri of Here & Now contributor station WBUR in Boston traveled to El Salvador to learn why so many people, especially children, are headed north.


This segment aired on December 19, 2014.

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