Tuesday, June 24, 2014
The flood of migrants—in particular, unaccompanied children—to the U.S. border in recent months is monumental. But sometimes you can get lost in the numbers and lose sight of the fact that the phenomenon is nothing less than a humanitarian disaster. The photos that Rep. Henry Cuéllar took of a Border Patrol detention facility in South Texas are disturbing and angering. Is this the best we can do?
Presente.org has a petition to demand that the Obama Administration immediately open all ICE detention facilities to independent monitors, reunite children with their families in the U.S., and provide legal representation and medical care for all of them.
Of the children who have recently arrived to the United States, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees estimates that nearly two-thirds qualify for international protection due to violence and abuse in their home countries. Here is an interview with Leslie Vélez, senior protection officer at the UNHCR, that provides more detail on the violence that is driving young people to abandon Central America. For more on this story, click here.