Immigrant children in south Florida

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - It's a trek thousands are making every week, leaving Central American countries for the U.S.

One of those who made the journey is a 15-year-old girl from Honduras. The teen's mother says she  arrived in Palm Beach County on the 4th of July.

"She's good. She says she is good because I am with you. She's happy," said the teen's mom.

The mother, who did not want to be identified, says she spent thousands of dollars for her daughter to cross the border with a cousin. Then they flew from Texas to Florida. It took a month. "I want to do the best I can with her," she said.

According to the president of the Honduran Organization of Palm Beach, about three thousand kids have arrived in this area in the past three months, but he says the numbers are going down.

"The last week it was five and two and three weeks ago 15, 10, 11."

Jose Cerrato says the group reunites families. He says they're hoping changes in Central American governments will ultimately result in an end to the immigration rush.

"I don't want them to move from Guatemala, or Honduras or El Salvador when they are living free. In this moment we can't live free," said Cerrato.

 


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