Eiges & Eiges, PC Articles Undocumented Minors Flood across Border

Undocumented Minors Flood across Border

By Eiges & Eiges PC  Sep. 11, 2012 11:31a

As reported by the New York Times, the number of unaccompanied minors entering the United States from the southwest border has dramatically increased in the last year. Most of these children are from Mexico and the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The youngest are generally brought into the country by smugglers. Many are as young as six years old. According to official figures, 21,842 of these minors were detained in the last year, which is a 48 percent increase from the previous year. Some of these children enter the U.S. illegally hoping to be reunited with parents who are also illegal immigrants. Others have left their parents and families behind in their native countries, looking to escape the violence of gangs and drug cartels. The majority are teenagers looking to create a better life for themselves. Those from Mexico are often returned to their homeland on a rapid basis, without any formal legal process.

The huge increase of undocumented minors who have been detained has created an increasing problem for U.S. immigration courts. Immigration law does not provide a lawyer for those who cannot afford one when facing the courts. Nor does immigration law offer specific protection for children. These children, even those as young as six, must face immigration judges alone and unrepresented. The youngest have little understanding of what is happening to them or speak English. Most are detained until they can be deported back to their native country without benefit of legal assistance.

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