13,500 Central American Children Deported over Past Two Years
In just the last two years around 13500 minors from Central America have been deported back to their home countries notifications not showing up
The first lady from Honduras sends a message to their citizens in the United States with open immigration cases for their children not to miss their day in court as this can cause them deportation.
“(Translated) Life in Honduras is very hard. We came here so we can have a chance to keep going” — Jose Aguilar
Jose Aguilar came from the country of Honduras 8 years ago and even though he said it was a frightening thing to do, showing up in court was his ticket to the American dream.
“(Translated)It’s a very calm and safe place to live. There are a lot of laws in this country, the key is just to follow them.” — Jose Aguilar
In January about 40 families were deported back to Honduras from Phoenix Arizona alone. Honduras Consul stresses the importance of following through with the proceedings before an immigration judge.
“(translated) The order of deportation will be expedited if the person does not show up to their appointment in court.”
More than 15,000 deportation orders due to absence were issued between 2014 and 2015 according to immigration statistics from immigration defense organizations in Honduras.