Immigration and Central American Migrants
An unprecedented number of migrants from Central America have been apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 1, 2013. More than 68,000 Central American migrants crossed the border in 2014, demonstrating a 117% increase in unaccompanied minors crossing the Southern U.S. border, as compared with last year. Three of every four unaccompanied children detained at the border this year originate from Central America, primarily from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Children at the border are placed in detention facilities for an average of 35 days and await deportation proceedings. If one is available, they are placed with a relative in the U.S. while their case is in progress. Nation-wide protests have erupted in both rejection and support of accepting the migrants as refugees under asylum laws. For more information on addressing this topic, please click on the link below.