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US border protection panel

BY THE NUMBERS

Stateside

57,000+ – Number of unaccompanied minors from Central America caught crossing into the US since October 2013. Thousands more have been detained with their parents or other adults. Untold thousands have escaped and disappeared into the US. 

90,000 – Estimated number of unaccompanied minors from Central America who will attempt to cross by the end of September. 

24,668 – Total number of unaccompanied minors from Central America caught crossing into the US  in 2013.

13,625 – Total number of unaccompanied minors from Central America caught crossing into the US in 2012.

150,000+ – Unaccompanied minors from Central America fleeing to the US in 2015, an Obama administration estimate. 

2,000,000+ – Number of undocumented immigrants deported during the Obama administration, a sharp increase over president Bush, earning Obama the title "Deporter in Chief" from some immigration advocates. 

$US800 million – US spending since 2008 to improve policing of arms and drug trafficking and organised crime in Central America, a figure dwarfed by spending in Iraq, Afghanistan, Egypt and Israel.

The other side

65 – Per cent of Hondurans living at the poverty line. 

70-74 – Per cent of the coffee crop in Guatemala and El Salvador affected by a fungus epidemic related to higher temperatures. Coffee is Guatemala's top export and is a major cash crop for El Salvador.

90.4 – Murders per 100,000 people in Honduras, the world's highestby far. El Salvador at 41.2 and Guatemala at 39.9 rank fourth and fifth in the world murder rates. 

169 – Murders per 100,000 people in San Pedro Sula, Honduras, the most dangerous city in the world. 

11.3 – Murders per 100,000 people in Nicaragua, about eight times lower than the Honduran rate.

178 – Total number of Nicaraguan children caught trying to cross into the US from October 2013 to end June 2014. 

16,546 – Total number of Honduran children caught trying to cross into the US over the same period.

Sources: Centre for Gender and Refugee Studies and Kids in Need of Defence, United Nations.

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