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Coming Soon: Why Are So Many Central Americans Fleeing to the Border?

The next installment of Bordering on Insecurity will roll out Oct. 10 to Oct. 27. Watch a preview here.

Esvin Lopez, 19, a raft conductor who works ferrying people and goods across the Suchiates River separating Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, and Tecun Uman, Guatemala, uses a long wooden pole to propel the raft from one side of the river to the other.

This Monday, The Texas Tribune's Bordering on Insecurity series returns with an examination of the despair, poverty and violence driving tens of thousands of Central Americans to flee to the United States.

These migrants, mostly from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, are pouring across the southern U.S. border even as crossings by Mexicans have declined. To explain this dramatic shift in the dynamics of the nation's border security, our reporters will take readers to El Salvador, the murder capital of the world, where organized and well-armed gangs have brought the country to its knees. We'll visit an El Salvador morgue for a stark lesson in why people are fleeing the country — and what happens to some who don't. We'll talk to a newspaper editor who faced possible criminal charges for publishing a list of areas under control by rival gangs. We"ll take you to migrant shelters in Mexico to listen to Central Americans making their way north in search of safety and asylum.

Previous Bordering on Insecurity installments have revealed the numbers of undocumented immigrants in Texas prisons, explained why the border region is safer than much of Texas and published the much-guarded list of jurisdictions with “sanctuary city” policies.

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