Saturday, June 14, 2014
This week, unaccompanied minors immigrating to the United States have been in the news. Muzaffar Chishti and Faye Hipsman of the Migration Policy Institute analyze some of the issues raised by the most recent flow of unaccompanied minors to this country.
The phenomenon of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border, typically after an arduous and often dangerous journey through Central America and Mexico, has reached a crisis proportion, with a 90 percent spike in arrivals from last year and predictions of future increases ahead. While the immediate humanitarian situation has galvanized the attention of the Obama administration, policymakers, and the country at large, it is painfully clear that there are no simple solutions, whether in the short or medium term, to address the complex set of push and pull factors driving the rise in arrivals of unaccompanied alien children (UACs).