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>> The municipality of
] in central Guatemala, looks like a lash tropical paradise. But what recently put this remote area on the map, was not it's landscape, but a little girl's untimely death. Seven year old migrant Jakelin Caal called
home before she died in US border custody last month.
She fled Guatemala with her father, who was struggling to earn enough to support his family.>> It is because of the poverty that people are migrating from here. There are no opportunities here. The poverty we live in, the crops we grow aren't enough to support a family.>> Reuters recently visited Rashuga, and learned that poor villagers who survive on subsistence farming, are now getting squeezed by what should be a local boon.
Major palm oil producers are expanding their presence in the region. Supporters of the industry say it has created jobs in investment, but some villagers feel they are exploited by the industry, telling Reuters, they have been forced to sell their lands and work for measly pay. Some earning less than the equivalent of $8 a day.
And while Guatemala has become the biggest exporter of palm oil in the Americas, people in this forested region where the palms grew, have little to show for it. sometimes walking barefoot, often living in cramped homes.>>
> But many of those who try to flee for the US, are sent back. US government data shows more than 50,000 Guatemalans were apprehended in family groups, at the US-Mexico border in the 2018 fiscal year.
So this is generated a social crisis. And for that reason, many families think the American dream could be a solution.>>
More than double the year before. As per Jakelin Caal, the US Department if Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, have launched investigations into her death.