Charting the U.S.’s child immigrant crisis
The US has a child immigrant crisis. The number of unaccompanied minors sneaking across the border has soared in the last year. From Reuters:
More than 52,000 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras have been caught trying to sneak over the U.S.-Mexico border since October, double the number from the same period the year before. Thousands more have been apprehended with parents or other adults.
The children sneaking across the border are mostly from Central America.
Why now? “U.S. immigration officials say the crisis is being driven by a mix of extreme poverty, gangs and drug violence in Central America, as well as rumors perpetuated by human smugglers that children who reach the U.S. border will be allowed to stay,” writes Reuters.
On Monday, a plane full of women and children from Honduras were deported by the Department of Homeland Security. Meanwhile, President Obama is attempting to persuade Congress to approved emergency funds to try to control the border. Predictably, there’s a partisan fight about if, and how much, money should be approved.