Monday, July 3, 2017

Central Americans, ‘Scared of What’s Happening’ in US, Stay Put - NYT sympathizes with fearful invaders, smugglers, gangs --tma

CHOLOMA, Honduras — His bags were packed,
and the smuggler was ready. If all went well, 
Eswin Josué Fuentes figured he and his 10-year-
old daughter would slip into the United States 
within days.
Then, the night before he planned to leave, he 
had a phone conversation with a Honduran 
friend living illegally in New York. Under 
President Trump, the friend warned, the United 
States was no longer a place for 
undocumented migrants.
Shaken, Mr. Fuentes abruptly ditched his plans 
in May and decided to stay here in Honduras
despite its unrelenting violence and poverty. He 
even passed up the $12,000 in smuggler fees 
that his sister in the United States had lined up 
for the journey. [Must be nice having an 
extra 12 grand lying around for illegal 
“I got scared of what’s happening there,” Mr. 
Fuentes said. ...