Child Migrant Crisis At The Border

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The United States border has seen a surge of unaccompanied minors migrating from Central America and entering the U.S. illegally, often surrendering to federal agents. Dubbed a humanitarian crisis by the Obama administration, the situation ignited a political firestorm.

Fronteras Desk has covered this story from the parking lot of the Greyhound bus station in Tucson, Ariz., to the makeshift family detention center in Artesia, N.M., to an airport in El Salvador where deported women and children were returned.


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A surge of Central American families crossing the South Texas border are overwhelming federal facilities there. The effect is starting to impact Arizona.
May 28, 2014
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Smugglers are spreading the word in Central America that women with children can get into the United States. And in a way, that is what's happening.
June 02, 2014
The Obama administration announced a plan Monday to enlist FEMA and DOD in an effort to respond to the rising number of unaccompanied children crossing the border.
June 02, 2014
Gov. Jan Brewer is questioning the federal government for dropping off migrants at Arizona Greyhound bus stations after they were caught in Texas.
June 02, 2014
The federal government will give legal help to scores of kids that cross the United States border illegally.
June 06, 2014
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Federal officials opened a processing center on the Arizona border over the weekend to temporarily house unaccompanied child migrants.
June 09, 2014
Churches and shelters in El Paso expect to house dozens of immigrant families in the coming days. The immigrants were detained by Border Patrol primarily in South Texas, where apprehensions have risen 74 percent since last year.
June 09, 2014
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Unaccompanied children caught crossing the border are supposed to be transferred to shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours. But the government hasn't been able to keep up.
June 10, 2014
According the United Nations the majority of children coming into the United States alone are fleeing dangerous conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
June 10, 2014
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Nogales residents have been collecting donated clothes for migrant children who are being held at a local facility.
June 11, 2014
On Wednesday morning, members of the media were allowed their first visit inside the Nogales processing center that is housing about a thousand migrant children who crossed the border illegally without their parents.
June 18, 2014
The latest wave of Central American families and children crossing the Southwest border in recent months is triggering déjà vu for some. In the 1980s about a million Guatemalans and Salvadorans fled to the U.S., escaping civil war.
June 25, 2014
On Wednesday, Secretary of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer met in Nogales, Ariz., to tour a facility where unaccompanied child migrants are being housed. The secretary sent a message about the risks of crossing the border illegally.
June 25, 2014
The First Lady of Guatemala is in Southern Arizona to see how the region is handling the surge of unaccompanied child migrants, many of them from her home country.
July 02, 2014
The federal government has denied volunteer attorneys access to the Nogales, Ariz., facility housing unaccompanied migrant children. Now, attorneys say upcoming changes could make it even harder for these children to get due process.
July 06, 2014
A new federal lawsuit is challenging the fact that most children in deportation proceedings aren't provided with court-appointed attorneys.
July 09, 2014
The legislation is intended to stem the flow of child migrants. It would also allow more people in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras to apply for asylum at the U.S. consulates in those countries.
July 10, 2014
Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson toured a newly opened detention facility for immigrant families in New Mexico. He believes detention will deter future illegal crossings.
July 11, 2014
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At the Greyhound Bus Station, where U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement drop off migrants, volunteers administer supplies, transportation and temporary housing. Now they need to move their operation elsewhere.
July 14, 2014
A plan to temporarily house some child migrants in the Arizona town of Oracle is sparking protest plans from both sides of the immigration debate.
July 15, 2014
Two Texas lawmakers are aiming to pass a bill that would expedite the deportation of Central American children who have entered the U.S. illegally and alone.
July 15, 2014
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The Honduran city of San Pedro Sula is the top location sending migrant children to the U.S. border. It’s also one of the world’s most violent cities. One man who recently fled to Phoenix says migrant children shouldn’t be deported to that city.
July 17, 2014
A Los Angeles federal judge ruled Friday that attorneys are allowed to speak with some Salvadoran child migrants at a Border Patrol facility in Nogales, Ariz.
July 18, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced Monday he will order 1,000 National Guard troops to the combat crime along the border.
July 21, 2014
Attorneys are concerned by the Department of Homeland Security’s decision to begin closing a facility in Nogales, Ariz., where hundreds of unaccompanied child migrants had been detained.
July 21, 2014
A team of attorneys met with immigrant women detained at a recently opened government facility in Artesia, N.M. They worry the immigrants are being denied certain legal protections.
July 23, 2014
The Consulate of Guatemala in Phoenix said it still has plans to open a location in Tucson. The office said it had plans for the site prior to a surge of child migrants from Central America.
July 23, 2014
Almost 37,500 migrant children who crossed the Southwest border this year are now reunited with relatives or sponsors. Among them are a family in Phoenix back together after years of separation.
August 13, 2014
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The recent wave of Central American families and children coming across the border has prompted outrage from some Arizonans, while it’s tugged at the heart strings of others.
August 15, 2014
Fronteras Desk Senior Field Correspondents Jude Joffe-Block and Kate Sheehy are spending this week reporting in El Salvador.
August 20, 2014
The fate of children in El Salvador is a focus of the Fronteras Desk this week.
August 20, 2014
On Thursday morning they went to the airport in San Salvador to watch a plane arrive from the United States with deported women and children.
August 21, 2014
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Members of different political parties there said El Salvador needs to take responsibility for the migration and insecurity of its people and not look to the U.S. for all the answers.
August 22, 2014
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Last month a plane landed in El Salvador carrying women and children deported from a New Mexico detention facility. But a day later, lawyers filed a lawsuit alleging women held there were denied due process.
September 02, 2014
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Last month a plane landed in El Salvador carrying women and children deported from a New Mexico detention facility. But a day later, lawyers filed a lawsuit alleging women held there were denied due process.
September 02, 2014
The tiny nation of El Salvador is scrambling to receive thousands of children deported from Mexico back to their home country. In coming months, more children are anticipated to arrive, this time deported from the U.S.
September 03, 2014
The tiny nation of El Salvador is scrambling to receive thousands of children deported from Mexico back to their home country. In coming months, more children are anticipated to arrive, this time deported from the U.S.
September 03, 2014
Jose, 16, tried to make it to the United States twice this summer but was caught both times in Mexico. Now back in El Salvador, he is trying to keep a low profile.
September 12, 2014
Jose, 16, tried to make it to the United States twice this summer but was caught both times in Mexico. Now back in El Salvador, he is trying to keep a low profile.
September 12, 2014
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The U.S. has been investing in violence prevention programs in Central America so fewer kids will feel the need to migrate. But some say other U.S. policies are making the region more violent.
October 06, 2014
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The U.S. has been investing in violence prevention programs in Central America so fewer kids will feel the need to migrate. But some say other U.S. policies are making the region more violent.
October 06, 2014
The child migrant crisis has directed new attention to Central America's struggles with organized crime. Now El Salvador is looking to community policing as a security strategy for the country.
October 07, 2014
The child migrant crisis has directed new attention to Central America's struggles with organized crime. Now El Salvador is looking to community policing as a security strategy for the country.
October 07, 2014
A Honduran woman won the right to stay in America two days before the holiday when an immigration judge ruled in favor of her asylum claim. She fled her country after receiving death threats.
November 27, 2014
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