Take Action: Unaccompanied Minors
The recent influx of unaccompanied child immigrants attempting to cross the US/Mexican border this year has taken the country by storm, sparking partisan and non-partisan debates alike about how to best address the issue. Why the sudden interest? In an average year there are approximately 20,000 unaccompanied children who try to enter the country illegally through Mexico. As of June 14th 2014 however, nearly 60,000 children, mostly from Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador have arrived at the border. It is projected that 90,000 will have attempted by the end of the year.
While the numbers have certainly changed drastically this year, so have demographics. According to a graph created by WOLA, in 2010, 15,701 unaccompanied minors were detained at the US/Mexican border; within those numbers, 11,768 of those were from Mexico, with children from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador making up the remaining 4,000 combined. In 2014 as of May 14th, 11,577 unaccompanied children came from Mexico, 13,282 from Honduras, 11,479 from Guatemala and 9,850 from El Salvador. With these statistics, it has become increasingly obvious that this is no coincidence. Many have been asking if the US could possibly be at fault, the right-wing party citing President Obama as being too soft on immigrants, despite his record-high number of deportations while in office. While many claims seem to lack hard evidence, the US’s foreign policy dating back to the Cold War era surprisingly may play a very large role.
SHARE and other solidarity organizations ask YOU to TAKE ACTION regarding this important issue. Call the White House (202-456-1111) and your Congressional representatives (202-224-3121), demanding that they reject any changes to the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act and ensure the funding of adequate services and legal representation for every child, rather than increased border enforcement. Read More »