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Honduran immigrant Sandra Rodriguez spent 18 days on a journey north through Central America and Mexico with her 13- and 14-year-old children. (Source: CBS 5 News) Honduran immigrant Sandra Rodriguez spent 18 days on a journey north through Central America and Mexico with her 13- and 14-year-old children. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Tony Banegas, the honorary consul of Honduras to Arizona, said many of the immigrants are seeking asylum because they fear for their lives. (Source: CBS 5 News) Tony Banegas, the honorary consul of Honduras to Arizona, said many of the immigrants are seeking asylum because they fear for their lives. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Families are trying to escape the violence and poverty of Honduras in Central America. Many of them have landed in Phoenix since the first ICE bus pulled into town from South Texas last Thursday.

Another 120 or so immigrants were bused into Phoenix on Wednesday. Despite the fact that they fled from their home country, a government representative from Honduras stands ready to help.

Honduran immigrant Sandra Rodriguez could barely hold back tears while talking to her family for the first time after an 18-day journey north through Central America and Mexico with her 13- and 14-year-old children.

"A lot of late nights. Hardly any food. They don't have enough time to eat or to sleep," Rodriguez said through a translator.

Rodriguez risked her life to come to the U.S., because she said staying home would have meant certain death.

"She says last year someone came and tried to kill her family. Someone came late at night with guns," the interpreter said.

Tony Banegas is the honorary consul of Honduras to Arizona.

"Many of the folks I talked to today and yesterday. They are seeking asylum. They fear for their life," Banegas said.

He said he has been working nonstop with people like Rodriguez since the first bus rolled into town from south Texas, which included 18 Honduran immigrants, mostly children.

"We're facing a lot of challenges," Banegas said of his home country. "Unemployment is very high. Violence is very high, lots of drug traffickers."

The trip north for immigrants is fraught with danger.

"We have a lot of people who lose their life from this famous train that goes from Guatemala all the way to the border," Banegas said.

Rodriguez said she and her children are headed to Massachusetts to live with a friend.

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