White House Weighs Options On Surge In Unaccompanied Children At U.S.- Mexico Border

White House Weighs Options On Surge In Unaccompanied Children At U.S.- Mexico Border

More than 50,000 unaccompanied children have been caught at the U.S./Mexico border since October. The Obama administration weighs strategies to address the humanitarian and legal crisis.

More than 50,000 unaccompanied children have been caught at the U.S.- Mexico border since October. Most of these young people are fleeing Central American countries where gang violence is rampant and economic conditions are desperate. U.S. law currently allows children from these countries to avoid immediate deportation and stay with family members while awaiting court dates. Critics argue this only encourages more illegal immigration and unfairly burdens American taxpayers. But child advocates say young migrants deserve protection from serious harm that would result from deportation. Debate over what to do about the surge in illegal child migration.

Guests

Fawn Johnson

correspondent, National Journal.

Steven Camarota

director of research, Center for Immigration Studies.

Wendy Young

president, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), which helps provide legal representation for unaccompanied refugee and immigrant children in the U.S.

Adam Isacson

senior associate, regional security policy at the Washington Office on Latin America

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