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Jul 11, 2014

Working in Central America since 2011 has given Elizabeth Kennedy a pretty solid handle on the influx in undocumented minors arriving in the United States.

Tens of thousands of unaccompanied and undocumented children have already arrived in the United States from Central America. They're fleeing El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, countries experiencing an incredible rise in crime rates.

Kennedy, an SDSU doctoral candidate living in El Salvador on a Fulbright fellowship, works with children who have been deported back to their home country after being caught making the journey across Mexico in hopes of reaching the U.S.

"Most children are leaving because they fear for their lives," Kennedy said. "Migration isn't the most accurate word to use," she said, "they are in fact fleeing."

Kennedy joined VOSD Radio's Scott Lewis and Andrew Keatts this week to discuss the dangers Central American youths face, the factors that force them to flee and what happens to them once they arrive in the United States.