Children Take the Headlines

Globalthinkers's Blog

With the possibility of immigration reform dead in the water (see interview between Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and The Washington Post on July 17) this year, immigration news continues to take headlines, with the focus on the innocent – the children. As reported by Vox, in the past few years thousands of children under the age of 18 have fled Central America, hitched rides on top of trains through Mexico, and crossed into the United States on their own. On the way, they often suffer sexual assault or violence.

“Congress and the Obama administration are scrambling to respond to the humanitarian crisis of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children who’ve crossed the border into the US this year,” reports Vox.

These children who are caught are supposed to stay in the custody of border patrol agents for no more than 72 hours so they can be screened…

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