Child Migrant Crisis At The Border


The United States border has seen a surge of unaccompanied minors migrating from Central America and entering the U.S. illegally, often surrendering to federal agents. Dubbed a humanitarian crisis by the Obama administration, the situation ignited a political firestorm.

Fronteras Desk has covered this story from the parking lot of the Greyhound bus station in Tucson, Ariz., to the makeshift family detention center in Artesia, N.M., to an airport in El Salvador where deported women and children were returned.

A Honduran woman won the right to stay in America two days before the holiday when an immigration judge ruled in favor of her asylum claim. She fled her country after receiving death threats.
The child migrant crisis has directed new attention to Central America's struggles with organized crime. Now El Salvador is looking to community policing as a security strategy for the country.
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The U.S. has been investing in violence prevention programs in Central America so fewer kids will feel the need to migrate. But some say other U.S. policies are making the region more violent.
Jose, 16, tried to make it to the United States twice this summer but was caught both times in Mexico. Now back in El Salvador, he is trying to keep a low profile.
The tiny nation of El Salvador is scrambling to receive thousands of children deported from Mexico back to their home country. In coming months, more children are anticipated to arrive, this time deported from the U.S.
Last month a plane landed in El Salvador carrying women and children deported from a New Mexico detention facility. But a day later, lawyers filed a lawsuit alleging women held there were denied due process.
Members of different political parties there said El Salvador needs to take responsibility for the migration and insecurity of its people and not look to the U.S. for all the answers.
On Thursday morning they went to the airport in San Salvador to watch a plane arrive from the United States with deported women and children.
The fate of children in El Salvador is a focus of the Fronteras Desk this week.
Fronteras Desk Senior Field Correspondents Jude Joffe-Block and Kate Sheehy are spending this week reporting in El Salvador.