ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION: Young border crossers feel leaving Central America for U.S. is the only choice

LAKE WORTH, Fla. - They cross the border, illegally immigrating from Central America to the United States.

Young children are flooding to the border alone and some feel it is their only choice.

"I didn't decide it, but I decided to come to save my life," said Javier Alvarenga, a El Salvador native who recently moved to Florida.

At 15-years-old, Alvarenga said violent gangs rule everything back home.

"Sometimes when you don't want to join them, if you say no, they're just going to kill you," said Alvarenga.

The violence and killings are why he so desperately hope to stay in Florida.

Protesters along the border feel much differently.

"From the beginning of time, people have immigrated when their roots at home have failed them," said Jill Skok of Guatemalan Maya Center in Lake Worth.

Skok said she feels the country has plenty of room for the newest wave of young illegal immigrants. She feels all they want is a better life.
    
Alvarenga said all he wants is to go to school and become a doctor.

"To save others lives," said Alvarenga.

Teachers at the Guatemalan Maya Center said what they need the most are volunteers who can come in and help the young children learn English.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments