In El Salvador the threat of gangs or drug traffickers is often a reason for fleeing to the USA. Smugglers in Latin America, known as "Coyotajes", offer "escape packages" for 8000 dollars. But how great are the risks?
The US will stop accepting applications for its child refugee program, which helped minors escape violence in Central America. The program was launched in 2014 in response to the flow of minors arriving at the US border.
Two leaders of rival drug cartels have been killed in clashes with federal forces, officials said. Their deaths have caused unrest in a Mexican border town, with cartel supporters blocking roads and torching businesses.
In Latin America, the line between asylum seeker and refugee is fluid. State persecution of refugees rarely occurs, but the conflicts between rival gangs and drug cartels are growing. Pablo Kummetz reports.
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