Posted: Jul 24, 2014 6:48 PM
Updated: Jul 24, 2014 6:53 PM
WESLACO - A journalist in Honduras shed more light into the migration crisis impacting her nation.
Marilyn Mendez, with La Prensa of Honduras, said the United States doesn't fully understand what is happening in Central America.
Mendez said the much-vaunted U.S. government campaign to dissuade people from migrating to the South Texas border is non existent in her country.
U.S. federal officials said the television, radio and print ads are running through out Central America.
"The public awareness campaign targeting parents so they don't deal with human smugglers, sponsored by the U.S., does not exist right now. If they had announced this, the press would know about it, I would know about it," Mendez said.
Mendez said poverty, not crime, is the main factor driving people from Central America to the United States.
"First of all, even if the government says it's because of crime, the true reason people are leaving is poverty, a lack of opportunities and employment," Mendez said.
Mendez said Honduras is preparing for a possible flood of deportees.
Immigrants, like Maria Hernandez, believed they would be allowed to stay in the United States. After more than 1,000 miles of traveling, she now knows that a federal judge will decide her future. If she can't prove that her family falls under refugee status, she will be deported.
"The government is preparing various projects to receive deported children and place them back in the education system," Mendez said.
Mendez said the United States needs to do a better job of warning Central Americans about the dangers of migrating north. She also said parents should think twice before sending their children on a treacherous journey.