US Grapples With Huge Influx of Migrant Kids
50K unaccompanied children held in 8 months
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jun 21, 2014 2:10 PM CDT
In this June 18, 2014, file photo, boys wait for medical appointments in a holding area where hundreds immigrant children were being processed and held at a facility in Nogales, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, Pool)

(Newser) – In its battle against illegal immigration, the US is facing a new challenge: The past eight months have seen some 50,000 unaccompanied kids held in attempts to migrate to the US, almost doubling figures from the last fiscal year, NPR reports. "Before, we were seeing great numbers of families—mother, father, abuelito, the little kids. Everybody was coming as a family and entering our country," says Sister Norma Pimentel, who has worked for decades in the Rio Grande Valley, a key migration area. "Here, it's unaccompanied children. It's amazing. So many children."

The children believe they can get asylum by citing the danger of gangs in their homelands, NPR notes. Many are from countries not contiguous with the US, and immediate deportation isn't an option. As the US figures out what to do with the children, they are held in detention centers; the Arizona Republic had the opportunity to view one. The kids stay behind "18-foot-high chain-link fences topped with razor wire," writes Michael Kiefer. Officials appear to treat the children with compassion, he notes; still, the Nogales facility, which holds 900 children, is essentially a "juvenile prison camp." The kids stay in the cramped quarters before being moved to other facilities. By the end of the year, US officials think they will have apprehended 90,000 children, the Arizona Republic reports.

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Corsica
Jun 24, 2014 8:57 AM CDT
And yet Mexico and Central America get hundreds of millions of dollars every year in US economic aid that's supposed to prevent this sh*t. So the money is being stolen by their governments and encouraging their people to run to the US because the gates are open!!
JERZJOE
Jun 22, 2014 9:08 AM CDT
the current administration policy on "ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION"!!! A BIG FAIL!! well that will all change in the NOVEMBER to REMEMBER cause that's... When the DUMOCRATS LOSE & the REP WIN BIG on NOV 4, 2014!!!! CAUSE THESE LEGAL REGISTERED RESIDENT VOTERS KNOWS THAT..... America is worth fighting for, to ensure future generations enjoy the same opportunities we’ve had to gain an education, **GET A GOOD JOB**, start a family and live in peace, **UNHARRASSED BY A MEDDLING,CENTRALIZED MONOLITHIC GOVERNMENT IN TODAY'S USA***!!! ALSO.. Then in Nov. 08, 2016 Gov. Christie will be prez!!!! and everything will be AOK in the USA on Jan 20, 2017!! there ya go!!
DougMasters
Jun 22, 2014 6:51 AM CDT
this is what happens when you stop taking stringent immigration policies seriously. what a failure obama is becomming in practically everything.