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 rapidly increasing influx of unaccompanied child-migrants into the United States after President Obama asked Congres to change the law dealing with child migrants. (LINK: http://www.vox.com/2014/6/29/5854904/obama-child-migrants-congress-2-billion-contiguous-screening-central-america/in/5577523). 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 being issued a notice to appeal before an immigration judge. Due to the high influx of unaccompanied minors crossing the US-Mexican borders–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 these migrants.
Fusion’s Alicia Menendez sat down with Univision news anchor Enrique Acevedo who has been tracking this developing story on the front-lines. Acevedo began a tour of Texas’ Rio Grande border towns where an estimated 37,600 Central American children have been caught crossing the border since October. He 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 told Menendez. “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 opt