TIME Immigration

Honduras President: The War on Drugs Is Causing the U.S. Immigration Problem

Honduras' president says the War on Drugs is contributing to the influx of Central Americans illegally migrating to the U.S.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security deported 38 Hondurans – all women and children – this week who migrated to the country illegally. They had been held in a detention facility in New Mexico.

The migrants went back to San Pedro Sula, otherwise known as the murder capital of the world.

Honduran President Juan Hernandez said Tuesday that the reason for a Honduran exodus to the north isn’t economic poverty, but U.S. drug policy. “The root cause is that the United States and Colombia carried out big operations in the fight against drugs,” Hernandez said. “Then Mexico did it.”

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