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Voice of San Diego
October 17, 2018

He Joined the Migrant Caravan, Then Gave it an Anthem
By Maya Srikrishnan


Jimmy Golden first left Honduras in 2017. Golden, whose legal name is Jimmy Banegas, decided to leave Honduras after he and members of his family were threatened by gang members. Heís hardly been able to see or speak with his daughter and other family members who remain in Honduras and are still being threatened. He joined up with a caravan of Central Americans migrants traveling together across Mexico to the U.S.-Mexico border, crossed and asked for asylum. His request was denied. Thatís not an unusual outcome. In 2017, about 62 percent of asylum cases heard were denied, according to data from the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research center at Syracuse University. But the number is lower for Central Americans. About 78 percent of asylum claims from Honduras were denied in 2017.


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