More Minors Are Crossing the Border Due to Violence at Home


Still, the root of the problem remains unaddressed. For the second year in a row, Oscar's hometown of San Pedro Sula ranked as the most violent city in the world, with 169 homicides per 100,000 residents, according data compiled by the Mexican think tank Citizen Council for Public Security, Justice, and Peace.

Much of the violence in Honduras is gang-related and aggravated by the drug trade and a weak judicial system. This is evidenced in Oscar's story-- his father and brother's murder remain unsolved for the simple fact that a police investigation hasn't taken place.

Despite the unfortunate hardships Oscar has faced, his is a success story. He received asylum in early April of this year -- even though half of asylum cases in the United States are denied. The grant rate for asylum applications was 56 percent in fiscal year 2012 according to the Department of Justice and even lower for gang violence related cases.

Oscar lives with loving relatives in South Florida. With their support, he hopes to study English, and one day realize his career goals of becoming a computer engineer.

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