Immigration Crisis: Kids Crossing the Border

Immigration Crisis: Kids Crossing the Border

A surge of children crossing the U.S. border from Central America is bringing new scrutiny to the treatment of detained migrants. We discuss the debate about the reasons for the wave of young arrivals.

A surge of children crossing the U.S. border from Central America is bringing new scrutiny to the treatment of migrants in U.S. custody, and sparking debate about why so many children are undertaking the dangerous journey. Our region's large Central American population is feeling the ripple effects as increasing numbers of young migrants arrive here. We explore the issues.

Guests

Doris Meissner

Senior Fellow, Migration Policy Institute; and former commissioner of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS)

Leslie Velez

Senior Protection Officer, UNHCR

Hector Silva Avalos

Research Fellow, Center for Latin American/Latino Studies, American University; former investigative reporter for the Salvadoran newspaper La Prensa Gráfica; former Deputy Chief of Mission at the El Salvador Embassy in Washington

Sheena Wadhawan

Legal Program Manager, Casa de Maryland

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