Unaccompanied Children: A Humanitarian Issue

Child RefugeesOur country is facing a humanitarian situation at our southern border. An unprecedented influx of unaccompanied children are migrating to the United States and surrounding countries in order to flee extreme violence and instability in Central America.

Since October 2013, more than 50,000 children have entered the United States, compared to previous annual totals of 6-8,000. Recent reports reveal that the children are coming primarily from Guatemala, El Savador, and Honduras, and UNHCR estimates that two-thirds of the children qualify for international protection due to the threat of persecution in their home countries.

First Focus Center for the Children of Immigrants has been deeply engaged in advocacy efforts on this issue and is urging both the Administration and Congress to work towards solutions that prioritize the best interest of the child and address the root causes of the violence driving children to flee.

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