Special Report: The Two Year Influx of Central Americans to the Rio Grande Valley

Special Report: The Two Year Influx of Central Americans to the Rio Grande Valley

So far in 2016, more than 59,000 Central Americans have passed through the doors at the Respite Center at Sacred Heart in McAllen. The influx began in June 2014.

An average of 350 people a day continue to pour in, according to the Council of Foreign Relations.

Sister Norma Pimentel has led the efforts and has even been recognized by Pope Francis for her work with the immigrants.She said Central American immigrants come primarily from three countries known as the northern triangle.

According to the Council, these countries are ranked as some of the most violent in the world. Not including war, El Salvador has the highest murder rate in the world, according to the Council. Honduras is marred by corruption and armed gangs. Children are under frequent pressure to join those gangs. Last year, Guatemala averaged 91 drug trafficking-related murders a week.

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