Isabel Anadon, Senior Policy Analyst at the Latino Policy Forum will be joining us as the guest speaker.
From: How thousands of children are creating a crisis in America By Moni Basu
“The number of children making these journeys by themselves has doubled each year since 2010. U.S. authorities estimate that between 60,000 and 80,000 children will seek safe haven this year. Immigrant rights agencies project that number could soar to 130,000 next year. That’s more than all the people who came over from Cuba during the Mariel boatlift in 1980, which would make this the largest refugee crisis on U.S. soil since then. Suddenly, U.S. Border Patrol agents are finding themselves having to care for thousands of young lives while enforcing the law. To complicate matters, immigrant advocates say the crisis has proven to be fertile ground for human traffickers who are quick to take advantage of the chaos.”
Questions for Consideration
Why are thousands of children fleeing Central American countries? How has the current crisis affected immigration reform efforts of the Obama Administration, and what will it cost U.S. taxpayers? What are the implications, positive and negative, of applying immigration laws meant for adults to unaccompanied children? Has the media coverage of children at the border had an impact on your views and understanding of the immigration “crisis”?
Want to Learn More?
- Is U.S. policy putting child immigrants in danger?
- Why 90,000 Children Flooding Our Border Is Not an Immigration Story
- Obama’s Deportation Policy Complicated by Surge of Children
- 5 Things to Know About Unaccompanied Children
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