Two female detainees sleep in a holding cell, as the children are separated by age group and gender, as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center on Wednesday, June 18, 2014, in Nogales, Ariz.
CPB provided media tours Wednesday of two locations in Brownsville, Texas, and Nogales, that have been central to processing the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally since Oct. 1.
They are sent to shelters for several weeks as the government tries to reunite them with family in the U.S. The network of some 100 shelters around the country has been over capacity for months and is now caring for more than 7,600 children.
It seems Central America is in a major crisis right now.
I listen to the news every day and haven’t heard what has lead to this sudden urgency in migration. I mostly hear about the chaos in Iraq on the news.
Does anyone know what is happening in Central America that would cause parents to send their kids alone. Have thousands of parents been kidnapped or murdered?
One would think that the U.S. would have an interest in stabilizing Central America. Maybe I haven’t heard about stabilization efforts because I’m not tuned into the right media channels?