The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Why Do Migrants Come?

Apr 29, 2019

The situation faced by workers and the poor in Honduras is intolerable. Grinding poverty and violence were bred by the U.S. wars of the 1980s. In 2009, the U.S. supported a right-wing military coup. Since then, a bad situation has gotten even worse.

Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The U.S.-backed Honduran government is implicated at every level. Government-linked gangs rape, torture and murder with impunity. In June, an agent in charge of investigating the killings of women was herself murdered, and the Honduran equivalent of the FBI tried to cover it up as a suicide. It turned out she had discovered that the head of the agency was working with the gangs.

This is why so many flee – and will continue to push toward U.S. borders in hopes of a chance to live away from the violence.