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Wrenches thrown into careful plans to flee Honduras
Wrenches thrown into careful plans to flee Honduras

The smoke-belching green bus left Ana Maria Ramos and her toddler, Yahir, at the Honduras-Guatemala border and roared off west toward Guatemala City. It had been the single mother's last chance for safe, legal passage on the first leg of a journey she hoped would eventually land her and her 2-year-old son in Los Angeles. Now, a skinny, wild-eyed twentysomething man with a pencil mustache tempted her with promises to smuggle them into Guatemala. It was only 9 a.m. and thunderclouds were building over the lush border town. Ramos looked up at the menacing sky. She held on to Yahir in one arm, and guarded a roller bag and a half-torn plastic sack with the other as she contemplated the...

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