Since October more than 47,000 unaccompanied minors migrated to the U.S. and that number is expected to double within the year, prompting one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our generation.
Last week Congress began hearings to address the increasing influx of unaccompanied child-migrants after Pres. Obama asked Congress to change the law dealing with child migrants.
The administration is proposing that all child-migrants be treated in the same way as children from Mexico who are crossing the border: they’ll have to pass an immediate screening interview and if they cannot convince Border Patrol of the imminent danger that would merit asylum, they could be sent back to their home countries.
Prior to this request, many immigrant families were released after issued a notice to appeal before an immigration judge. Due to the high influx of unaccompanied minors crossing, most of whom are coming from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador– the federal government announced that it would stop releasing families after putting them into formal deportation proceedings which in turn has prompted a government frenzied effort to open up detention centers to house the migrants.
Alicia Menendez spoke with Univision news anchor Enrique Acevedo who has been tracking this story on the frontlines. Acevedo discussed the conditions in the detention centers, the hope for a comprehensive solution and prioritized the people behind the policies.
“Think about this for a second,” Acevedo said. “When you’re a parent and you’re here in the US and you’re trying to bring your family here…and all the legal options are being shut down… what would you do?”
CREDIT: Victoria Moreno and Bianca Perez