"WASHINGTON – Central American governments are not fully equipped to resettle children who return home after leaving or being deported from the United States, experts on the region say.

“The fact is they aren’t doing it and aren’t able to do it, especially in terms of guaranteeing the safety of their citizens,” Eric Olsen, associate director of the Latin America Program at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, said.


Any U.S. government aid would best be spent on community development and addressing the unique and vastly different types of violence in communities throughout Central America, Olsen said.

“The social fabric in a lot of these communities is very weak. Usually, parental oversight of children and keeping people in line begins to break down the more you have a criminal element in that community,” he said."


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