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Children aren't lining up at the Mexican border to join MS-13 | Opinion

Recently, a colleague, Michelle Brané with the Women’s Refugee Commission, met Carlos, a 14-year-old from Honduras, at a shelter for unaccompanied children. Gangs started trying to recruit Carlos when he was eight years old. His mother did not want him to travel on his own because she did not want to be separated from him, but Carlos told her, “Don’t you prefer talking to me on the phone over seeing me on a slab? Leaving is my only choice.”