U.S. Decries Rising Violence in Central America But Will Continue Deportations

The Centre Daily times reported that “The United States is growing increasingly concerned about rising violence in Central America even as it launches a large-scale effort to round up Central American families and deport them to their home countries.

Twice in recent days, senior U.S. officials, including President Barack Obama during his State of the Union address Tuesday, have listed Central America as an area of concern for the coming year, and on Monday, the U.S. suspended the Peace Corps program in El Salvador, citing security concerns.

On Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry said that the United States has asked the United Nations to set up refugee screening centers in Central America and will expand the refugee program it offers vulnerable migrants from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras. Kerry called the plan for U.N. screening in Central America a “safe and legal alternative” to the “dangerous journey many are currently tempted to begin” on their way to the United States.

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