Catastrophic weather is one factor driving Guatemalan migrants to the U S

Published Apr 06 2021 at 5:18 AM GMT
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  • Poverty, crime, and violence are just some of the reasons thousands of Guatemalans are fleeing the country every month, hoping to make it across the U S' southern border.
  • With extreme weather causing catastrophic flooding and other destruction, climate change is also increasingly motivating people to leave.
  • More than 64,000 Guatemalans have been apprehended at the southern border this fiscal year, US Customs and Border Protection said, including thousands of unaccompanied minors.
  • CBS News' Manuel Bojorquez traveled to the village of Campur, Guatemala, to talk to people who have friends, relatives, and acquaintances who left for the US — as well as others who plan on making the trek north themselves.
  • Last fall, back-to-back Hurricanes Eta and Iota battered Campur, leaving the village underwater for several weeks and displacing more than 300,000 Guatemalans.




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  • Published Apr 6, 2021 5:18 AM GMT