Kids Crossing Alone: What’s Going On?
If you have been paying attention to the news lately, there is a good chance you have heard about the recent wave of undocumented children–primarily from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador–crossing the United States’ southern border. According to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, CBP apprehensions of unaccompanied children (ages 0-17) have jumped from nearly 24,500 in FY 2013 to over 47,000 in FY 2014 (since October 2013). While some media outlets and politicians alike have been quick to reduce this situation to a few easy sound bytes, as an immigration practitioner, I have had the opportunity to meet and represent many of these children in my own practice, and have discovered that many of these children’s situations are extremely complex and heartbreaking.
Over the next week, I will publish a series of posts about what many have called a “humanitarian crisis” throughout Central America, Mexico, and the United States. These posts will not only describe the causes of the influx, but also responses by the United States government to the crisis, and potential remedies for these young migrants. I look forward to hearing your questions and comments!