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.

At the Greyhound Bus Station, where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement drop off migrants, volunteers administer supplies, transportation and temporary housing. Now they need to move their operation elsewhere.
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson toured a newly opened detention facility for immigrant families in New Mexico. He believes detention will deter future illegal crossings.
The legislation is intended to stem the flow of child migrants. It would also allow more people in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for asylum at the U.S. consulates in those countries.
A new federal lawsuit is challenging the fact that most children in deportation proceedings aren't provided with court-appointed attorneys.
The federal government has denied volunteer attorneys access to the Nogales, Ariz., facility housing unaccompanied migrant children. Now, attorneys say upcoming changes could make it even harder for these children to get due process.
The First Lady of Guatemala is in Southern Arizona to see how the region is handling the surge of unaccompanied child migrants, many of them from her home country.
On Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer met in Nogales, Ariz., to tour a facility where unaccompanied child migrants are being housed. The secretary sent a message about the risks of crossing the border illegally.
The latest wave of Central American families and children crossing the Southwest border in recent months is triggering déjà vu for some. In the 1980s about a million Guatemalans and Salvadorans fled to the U.S., escaping civil war.
On Wednesday morning, members of the media were allowed their first visit inside the Nogales processing center that is housing about a thousand migrant children who crossed the border illegally without their parents.
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Nogales residents have been collecting donated clothes for migrant children who are being held at a local facility.