US seen as escape route from Honduras slum

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by ANGELA KOCHERGA

WFAA Border Bureau

Posted on July 8, 2014 at 6:40 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 8 at 11:23 PM

SAN PEDRO SULA, Honduras — Many of the young immigrants who are making the harrowing journey to seek refuge in the U.S. are coming from Honduras.

It is a country with a high crime rate and devastating poverty.

But false rumors of a better life in America echo throughout poor neighborhoods like Los Bordos in San Pedro Sula, the second-largest city in Honduras.

It's called Los Bordos because it's right on the banks of a canal that carries raw sewage. Families have come here from rural areas in Honduras.

We spoke with a single mother who lives here with her four children, looking for work. She still hasn't found a steady job, and she worries about the future of her children.

She has heard about other youngsters making the dangerous trip north to the Texas-Mexico border, and she worries that her children will one day have to follow because they can't find any opportunities in their home country.

E-mail akocherga@gannett.com

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