Dangers Lurk for Waves of Kids Flooding US Border
11-year-old boy's death highlights perils facing the youngest crossing
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 1, 2014 1:07 PM CDT
A piece of clothing that was worn by Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez, whose decomposed body was found in the Rio Grande Valley earlier this month.   (Uncredited)

(Newser) – The 11-year-old Guatemalan boy's body was found about a mile from Texas' southern border on June 15, his brother's Chicago phone number scribbled on his belt buckle and a white rosary around his neck. While 445 immigrants died along the border last year, the discovery of Gilberto Francisco Ramos Juarez's decomposed body in the Rio Grande Valley highlights the perils unaccompanied children face as the US government searches for ways to deal with record numbers of children crossing into the country illegally. "Down here finding a decomposed body ... we come across them quite often," Hidalgo County Sheriff Eddie Guerra says, adding that this was the first child immigrant his office has found since he became sheriff in April. "It's a very dangerous journey."

More than 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended entering the US illegally since October, creating what President Obama has called an "urgent humanitarian situation." Yesterday, Obama asked Congress for more money and additional authority to deal with the surge of youths. The number of unaccompanied immigrant children picked up along the border has been rising for three years as they fled pervasive gang violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Many of the children turn themselves in to the first law enforcement person they see, so Guerra said it was unusual to find a child in this more remote area. Sometimes smugglers, known as coyotes, leave people behind if they can't go on; other times a group may scatter when authorities approach.

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Jul 3, 2014 6:37 AM CDT
What they are doing is illegal people! You can not pick and choose which laws you want to abide by. I do not want to hear "but they are mostly children" we don't care, they are breaking the law and need to be shipped back. No body wants them, and their country is no concern of ours.
Jul 2, 2014 7:28 PM CDT
awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww JUST STAY THE HELL HOME!
Jul 2, 2014 7:01 AM CDT
The way we Americans are regarding this situation is a disgrace. These are fellow Americans because we are all in the countries of the Americas. The USA is not all of America. These are fellow Christians escaping hard times, which makes them refugees, not illegal immigrants. We give Israel, a Hebrew nation $6 billion American taxpayer dollars a year for the past 60 years, and these people would not invite a Christian to a Passover dinner. The people in the countries on North and South America are our Christian neighbors who's democracies are in trouble and we have nothing for them?Why? We let Israelis become duel citizens with no problem. Why not our neighbors? We would run there is things got bad enough here.