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The Texas Tribune
October 10, 2016

Gang Wars, Poverty Driving Central Americans Over U.S. Border
By Jay Root

Central Americans who canít wait for the country to repair itself are choosing to migrate to the United States in droves. Those who make it through Mexico and into the United States are generally aware that they have an excellent chance of remaining in the country for the foreseeable future, particularly if they are minors or traveling as a family. In large part, thatís because the backlog in U.S. immigration courts ó which this summer exceeded half a million cases for the first time ever ó is causing delays that experts say will postpone deportation proceedings for years. In the meantime, they are living in the shadows with the rest of the millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States, often with other family members who were already here.

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