Mi­grants eye change at home

The News-Times - - OBITUARIES / NEWS -

The mi­grants in a car­a­van used by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump as a cam­paign is­sue were al­most uni­ver­sally un­aware of the re­sults of the U.S. midterm elec­tions.

The Cen­tral Amer­i­cans were more con­cerned with the dan­gers of north­ern Mex­ico as they strug­gled to reach the U.S. bor­der, still hun­dreds of miles away, than with who con­trols the U.S. Se­nate and House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Ke­nia Jo­hana Her­nan­dez, a 26-year Hon­duran farm­worker, left her coun­try with her 2-year-old daugh­ter be­cause she couldn’t af­ford child care or school­ing. Asked if her de­ci­sion to em­i­grate had any­thing to do with the U.S. elec­tions, the an­swer was a sim­ple, “No.”

For her, the car­a­van was merely a safety mea­sure. “If I had come alone with just my daugh­ter, maybe I wouldn’t have even made it this far be­cause it is so dan­ger­ous,” she said.

Gil­berta Raula, 38, from Sa­mala, Gu­atemala, joined the car­a­van at the Mex­i­can bor­der be­cause it seemed her best chance to get her 15-year-old daugh­ter out of the coun­try. She left six other chil­dren be­hind, but wants to give her daugh­ter an op­por­tu­nity to study and work.

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