U.S. hit with an alarming 1,200 PERCENT INCREASE in unaccompanied 'illegal immigrant' children

4/18/2016 (2 weeks ago)

The number of unaccompanied illegal immigrant minors has surged more than 1,200 percent since 2011, leaving the United States and Central America struggling to care for them.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to The Washington Free Beacon, a newly released government report titled Unaccompanied Children from Central America: Foreign Policy Considerations" revealed an unexpected surge of unaccompanied alien minors streaming into the United States.

The number of unaccompanied alien migrants entering the
United States in 2016 may beat the 2014 record-high.

The report questions the "international humanitarian response, the capacity of Central American nations to receive and reintegrate unaccompanied children removed (deported) from the United States, the capacity of Central American nations to address the root causes of the exodus, and the role of Mexico as a transit company."

Since 2011, the number of unaccompanied minors entering the United States has swelled by 1,200 percent. By 2014, the number of illegal minors was so high, and Central America's ability to reintegrate them was so low, that only three out of every hundred children were deported.

Since then, the Obama Administration has been working with Salvadoran, Guatemalan, Honduran and Mexican governments to coordinate a response to the continued influx of unaccompanied alien children.

In 2014, U.S. officials apprehended over 52,000 unaccompanied alien children, while 2016 seems to be gaining ground on the 2014 record-high with a reported number of 20,000 unaccompanied alien minors apprehended within the first five months.

The year 2016 may beat 2014's record high of unaccompanied alien children entering the United States (Newscom).

The report read: "U.S. apprehensions of unaccompanied children remain at elevated levels, placing strains on government resources and raising concerns domestically and internationally about the safety and protection of the children."

The report warns the blame lies at the feet of policymakers in the countries of origin and how they address socioeconomic conditions. Another issue is that none of the Central American governments have an "effective means of tracking deported children after their return."

The countries have few reintegration programs and are unable to ensure the children's safety from domestic abuse or societal violence, to keep them in school or to help them find employment.

While Central American countries attempt to support the massive influx of deported minors, the report explained the countries reported strained resources to supply the demand of deported minors - particularly from Mexico.

In response to the number of unaccompanied minors flooding the United States - and Central America's struggles to care for them - the State Department decided to keep immigrants out by providing $20 million to strengthen Mexico's southern border which includes canine teams, more equipment and better training.