As a Trump presidency nears, migrants in Honduras flee perils like gang violence in greater numbers, hoping to make it to the U.S. before Trumps makes good on his campaign rhetoric to crack down on illegal immigration. Ashraf Fahim reports.
These are perilous times for Central American migrants. With a Trump administration just weeks away, migrants like these Hondurans are rushing to beat the clock… … before Trump makes good on his campaign rhetoric to crack down on illegal immigration. Their numbers headed to the U.S. have surged in the last year, Central American officials say. Some are just beginning their odyssey. Others like Antonio Fajardo have already been sent back once from Mexico. (SOUNDBITE) (SPANISH) HONDURAN DEPORTED MIGRANT, ANTONIO FAJARDO, SAYING: "Trump says he's going to build a wall. Even if they approve it, we're always going to jump it because in this country the work is very difficult." The migrants are escaping endemic gang violence and high unemployment. Selvin Antonio Guillen who says he fled the gangs to head north. (SOUNDBITE) (SPANISH) HONDURAN MIGRANT, SELVIN ANTONIO GUILLEN, SAYING: "I have a store and (the gangs) were asking me for extortion money. I did not want to pay and they wanted to kill me. So I sold everything and I came." The migrants are determined to get to the U.S.... with their journey north likely to get more uncertain in the months ahead.