Fleeing Violence, Illegal Youths Flock to US
But green cards aren't that easy to come by
By Neal Colgrass, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 30, 2014 4:37 PM CDT
In this July 28, 2011 file photo, two people illegally cross the border fence separating Nogales, Ariz., and Nogales, Sonora, Mexico.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

(Newser) – Unaccompanied minors are surging into the US from Mexico, many seeking a haven from gang violence or hoping the government will take pity on them, the Miami Herald reports. But they endure terrible hardships on the way—like hunger, illness, robbery, and sexual assault, reports the LA Times—and learn that President Obama's "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" won't help them because it's for young immigrants who arrived in early 2007. (As for immigration reform, Congress is still thinking about it.) But some immigrants can get a green card if they show proof of neglect, abuse, or abandonment.

More than 24,000 arrived last year, and with 120 showing up each day, the annual tally could hit 60,000; just yesterday, some 370 children were found dumped by smugglers in Mexico, Raw Story reports. Irene Granados, 16, was a lucky immigrant, fleeing El Salvador for northern Mexico and walking across the Sonora desert into Arizona. Immigration agents nabbed her group and she was put in a detention center for minors, but her aunt found her and persuaded authorities to let her take Granados home. Now the girl is living in West Palm Beach and seeking a US visa. "I want to be a doctor," she says.

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Mar 31, 2014 5:22 PM CDT
"I want to be a doctor," she says. . And she will find it much easier to accomplish than a black person her age, whose parent and siblings have gone to war for this country, her next step is down to the welfare and social services office where she will be giving assistance in accomplishing her dream. And in the long run get preferential treatment when it comes to competing for a job against a black person with the same qualification. WELCOME TO AMERICA
Mar 31, 2014 9:45 AM CDT
We are not a great country if there is no room or help for the unfortunate...the huddles masses..Shame on those that want t lock the door..1900 was the high point for immigration and we survived..I wish the 80 percent at the bottom of the economy would stop fighting among ourselves and look at the real problems...instead of being distracted by the tiny crap...
Mar 31, 2014 8:32 AM CDT
Mexico is like Afghanistan - the only law exists in Mexico City or Kabul. Outside, the drug cartels or Taliban rule.