US border crisis overwhelms social services – in Central America

According to the Guatemalan attorney general, 2,030 minors have been deported from the US and Mexico so far this year. The government is struggling to keep track of returnees and provide needed support.

By , Contributor

Jorge Dan Lopez/Reuters

On a rainy afternoon in Guatemala City, a handful of boys and girls between the ages of 4 and 16 are among those escorted off an official flight from the US. The older kids stare intently at the floor as they notice the waiting TV cameras. A 4-year-old girl tightly grasps her older sibling's arm. Each child has just been deported from the United States after entering the country illegally.