Tag Archives: Central American migrants

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 […]

‘Tell Me How It Ends’: Insights into the Unaccompanied Children Crisis

In March 2015, Valeria Luiselli began volunteering as an interpreter for unaccompanied children appearing before the New York City immigration court. A Mexican writer and novelist, Luiselli’s only previous experience with the U.S. immigration system involved her own green card application (then still pending). She was captivated by the news stories she heard about tens […]

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 […]

Refugee Status for Children in Central America?

In the spring and summer of 2014 the U.S. faced an unprecedented humanitarian crisis on the U.S./Mexico border involving tens of thousands of unaccompanied child migrants from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras. Extensive news coverage and reports explored causes of the sudden influx of so many children from Central America. Root causes such as poverty, […]

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 […]

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 […]