Over the past several months, the southern border of the U.S. has seen a significant Influx in the number of unaccompanied children attempting to enter the U.S. unlawfully. In an article published Tuesday, the New York Times reports that federal officers have apprehended a total of 47,017 children crossing the southern border since October 1, a 92% increase over the same eight-month period last year. The wave of undocumented migrant children is so large the Obama administration is considering it a “humanitarian crisis” and has ordered the FEMA to coordinate the federal government’s response.
The majority of the children in this recent wave come from three Central American countries, El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. Some analysts, including Cecilia Munoz, the White House director of domestic policy, and Bishop Eusebio Elizondo of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, attribute the increase to growing violence and deepening poverty in those countries. Others, including Republican Representative from Virginia Robert W. Goodlatte, blame the president for “lax immigration enforcement policies” which encourage more people to come to the U.S. illegally. This is alleged despite deportations under Obama reaching the 2,000,000 in March, putting him on track for the highest number of deportations of any U.S. president.
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