Desperate families flee Central America to seek asylum in the US

Americas Now

There’s a constant flow of migrants from Central America being smuggled into the United States. Most of them are frightened families but there are criminals and gang members as well. Border agents say the problem is worse than ever and there’s no end in sight.

The ongoing crisis is taking place along the border between the U.S. state of Texas and Mexico.

Record numbers of migrants from Central America pay smugglers thousands of dollars to get them across the border. Many are undocumented families trying to escape poverty and violence in their countries.

Correspondent John Zarrella traveled to the Rio Grande Valley of Texas where he witnessed the situation first hand. 

According to “Doctors Without Borders,” Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala are enduring an “unprecedented level of violence.” Kidnappings, murder and theft occur on a daily basis.

Check out John Zarrella’s report here.