Trying to Escape Violence, Gangs, and Crushing Poverty by Coming to America

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Guatemalan Francisco Ramos shows a picture of his son Gilberto Francisco Ramos, a 15-year-old boy who died in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, while trying to reach the United States on his own.

Ian Gordon, editor at Mother Jones, discusses the issue of what to do with the child immigrants crossing into the United States. He’s traced the journey back home for children that are deported and he has reported from the shelters built to house migrants in the interim. Gordon discusses the Mexican government's response to Central American migrants, why border agents shouldn't decide whether child migrants can stay, and looks at why child migrants are fleeing their home countries. His most recent article about the crisis is “70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them?” and is in the July/August issue of Mother Jones.