The ABC News Univision online webpage presented a piece by Albert Sabate exploring the new crisis of Central American Street Children in USA
Read the excerpt below.
Central American Street Children in USA
“Child Refugees Flee Central America for U.S. in Dramatic Numbers”
“More than 10,000 children from Central America have sought refuge in the United States in recent months after fleeing violence in their home countries — almost twice as many as last year.”
“The number of unaccompanied immigrant children has surged dramatically since October 2011, according to a report by the Women’s Refugee Commission. By June, the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement had 10,004 children in its care.”
“Violence is the primary reason children have fled from Central America. They largely come from El Salvador (27 percent), Guatemala (35 percent) and Honduras (25 percent). The number of children from Mexico increased only slightly, according to the report.”
“”Once children got to the desert bordering the U.S., many were abandoned by guides and left without food or water. Some wandered for days until Border Patrol found them. Others describe making it to the Rio Grande River and watching others drown as they struggled against the current.””
“Even so, children prefer the risks in traveling north than staying home.”
“The report used numbers from the Department of Health and Human Service’s Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)—the agency tasked with caring for these children—and from U.S. immigration agents.”
“The U.S. government is responsible for protecting children who are apprehended alone or without caregivers. Until parents, legal guardians or other appropriate caregivers are located, these children remain in the custody of ORR while their legal case is pending, said the report.”
The Women’s Refugee Commission’s report on Central American Street Children in USA can be found by clicking the Link below.
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