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.

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The recent wave of Central American families and children coming across the border has prompted outrage from some Arizonans, while it’s tugged at the heart strings of others.
Almost 37,500 migrant children who crossed the Southwest border this year are now reunited with relatives or sponsors. Among them are a family in Phoenix back together after years of separation.
The Consulate of Guatemala in Phoenix said it still has plans to open a location in Tucson. The office said it had plans for the site prior to a surge of child migrants from Central America.
A team of attorneys met with immigrant women detained at a recently opened government facility in Artesia, N.M. They worry the immigrants are being denied certain legal protections.
Attorneys are concerned by the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to begin closing a facility in Nogales, Ariz., where hundreds of unaccompanied child migrants had been detained.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday he will order 1,000 National Guard troops to the combat crime along the border.
A Los Angeles federal judge ruled Friday that attorneys are allowed to speak with some Salvadoran child migrants at a Border Patrol facility in Nogales, Ariz.
The Honduran city of San Pedro Sula is the top location sending migrant children to the U.S. border. It’s also one of the world’s most violent cities. One man who recently fled to Phoenix says migrant children shouldn’t be deported to that city.
Two Texas lawmakers are aiming to pass a bill that would expedite the deportation of Central American children who have entered the U.S. illegally and alone.
A plan to temporarily house some child migrants in the Arizona town of Oracle is sparking protest plans from both sides of the immigration debate.