Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Shelters for Immigrant Children

"Life in a government-run shelter for illegal immigrant children might not sound very inviting, but for 16-year-old Sandra it's a vast improvement from what she left behind in Guatemala. For starters, she has enough to eat and nobody beats her. She even gets to study, a luxury she hasn't had since leaving school in third grade. She's been on her own since she was 10, when she fled an abusive home in Guatemala. She was picked up by U.S. immigration authorities two months ago while trying to enter the country illegally through the Arizona desert. She's among two dozen children at the shelter in Fullerton, about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. ''I feel more protected here than I've ever felt. It's like I'm a young girl again,'' said Sandra, whose last name could not be disclosed because she is a minor in government custody." Associated Press, N.Y. Times Link to Article (last visited 12-4-06 NVS)

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