Missionary's experience in a country thousands are fleeing from

Missionary's experience in a country thousands are fleeing from

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In response to the President's "Zero Tolerance" Policy, three members of congress introduce a bill to try to stop the flood of migrants. The Central American Family Protection and Reunification Act aims to strengthen the State Department's role in monitoring and addressing the root causes of migration from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. 

Jennifer Latch spent nearly two weeks in Honduras, a country caught up in a cycle of violence, corruption, and poverty. She witnessed young Hondurans who are fighting for survival. 

"In Honduras, for kids to pass the sixth grade is unheard of," Latch said.

As part of her mission, Latch and her church volunteered with several non-profits, including the Agape Honduras Foundation

"They feed them once a week, six times a week," Latch said. "So they bring like little bowls in a cup, and they get fed what could be their only meal." 

Latch said seeing the conditions families lived under first-hand was difficult, but gave her a new perspective. 

"They don't have the means like the U.S does for help," Latch said. "So going to see some of these houses, who have holes in their roofs and it rains, and there's bugs everywhere, there's no AC, they have no electricity, they may not even have a bathroom, and so I think that was a big driving force for me was we have all this and they hardly have any." 

Despite a language barrier, she said the kids are grateful.

"You look in their eyes and just smile because they may not happen for them everyday, and so they were just grateful for your attention," Latch said.

In 2017, The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reported apprehending more than 48,000 unaccompanied children from Central American countries. 

"You know they have so little, but they don't know what they don't have," Latch said. "So I think if they came to America and saw all of this they'd probably be overwhelmed, like we were overwhelmed that they were so happy with the little that they had." 

Just last week, Vice President Pence met with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala. In a blunt message, he called for those countries to renew the fight against corruption, gangs, and strengthen their own borders. 

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