What is it to be threatened with death at the age of 14? I’m pretty sure it’s something you’ve never really been through, but it sure is what a lot of kids down in Central America go through everyday. This is one of the leading factors for teenagers fleeing their country. They are threatened with death if they don’t join their gangs., and to finish it off, if the kids don’t end up joining and end up fleeing their country the gang members end up threatening a family member. Place yourself in these teenagerss shoes and create conscious.
Many teenagers in Central America end up fleeing their country for many reasons, and one of the reasons is because of gang violence back home. Now place yourself in these kids shoes wherever you live. Would you take the same action? Most probably you would. This is why we’ve got to understand that these kids flee their country for a better future here in America, and not only for their future, but for the family they will be creating.
These teenagers are our future. No matter where they are coming from, they are our future. We need to see it as an investment whenever these kids come into our country.
Most successful people in the United States are immigrants or come from an immigrant background. America is built because of immigrants. These kids are our future.
- 1.5 million children are out of school in Guatemala. School desertion often leads to confinement at home, child labour, forced or coerced recruitment, internal or cross-border displacement, among other consequences.
- The Migration Policy Institute says of the 3.4 million Central Americans living in the U.S., about 85 percent of them are from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
With that being said, I invite you to create conscious, and place yourself in these kids shoes for one day. Imagine what they have to go through in order to have what you have in the “Land of the free”.