Tag Archives: Central America

Border walls overlook the realities of migrant deaths, shifting demographics, and humanitarian crises

By Sara Staedicke President Trump’s Executive Order promising to build a “great, great wall” along the U.S.-Mexico border was intended to portray the President as a man of action following through on his campaign promises. But how effective would a southern border wall be in practice? Experience tells us that walls fail to prevent migration […]

Victory in Fight to End Family Detention in U.S.?

Immigrant advocates last week cheered the latest victory in the fight to end the detention of women and children in family detention centers in Texas, as over 500 mothers and kids were released from two facilities over the weekend.  But the government has appealed the recent court ruling, which comes amidst a series of contradictory […]

Volunteer Attorneys Make a Difference in Immigrant Family Detention Centers

In response to the record numbers of Central American women and children apprehended at the southern U.S. border this year, the Obama administration has rapidly increased its use of family detention for the first time in many years, leading critics to denounce both the conditions in which these families are being held and the legal […]

A Nation of Immigrants that Hates Newer Immigrants?

In a recent segment on his show, Jon Stewart, satirically addresses different discussion points concerning the “border crisis” on the U.S./Mexico border, especially in regards to the surge of unaccompanied child migrants. Within this segment he comments, “We have always been a nation of immigrants that hates newer immigrants.” While the U.S. is a nation […]

The Relationship Between Central American Street Gangs and Regular and Irregular Migration Patterns

Within the last month, there has been substantial discussion about whether the U.S. is facing a ‘border crisis’ owing to a rise in the number of children who cross the border into the U.S. unaccompanied. Recent articles have discussed the reasons why so many children are embarking on the perilous journey from Central America to […]

The Rapid Rise of Unaccompanied Children in the United States

Each year, thousands of unaccompanied alien children (UACs) risk harrowing journeys and travel alone to seek refuge in the United States. These children come from all over the world for many reasons, including to escape persecution in their home countries, to reunify with family members and to look for a better life. In recent years, […]