Hundreds of immigrant children settle in U.S. southern border states

A woman lays pictures of missing Central American migrants during a march by mothers who are searching for their children, in Mexico City, Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015. The caravan of women, mostly from Central America, are traveling through Mexico to search for their relatives who left for a better life in the U.S. but disappeared. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

A new spike in unaccompanied Central American minors crossing into the United States is pushing federal officials to open shelters in Texas and California. About 800 immigrant children from Central America who have entered the United States illegally will be moved to two campsites in the Dallas area over the coming days, local officials said on Thursday. Incoming family groups are usually sent first to detention centers, and adult migrants are often jailed when they are apprehended, but children traveling alone need special treatment under federal law.

We didn’t feel like there was any way we could turn them away and not care for them. We have the beds that are empty and the food that can be served.

Reverend Rick DuBose, superintendent of the Assemblies of God of North Texas

Increasing gang violence is pushing people out of Central America, said Maureen Meyer, a senior associate for Mexico and migrant rights at the Washington Office on Latin America. More migrants are crossing the border, even as new checkpoints between Central America and the U.S. are turning thousands of people back, said Emilio Gonzalez Gonzalez, a political scientist and independent researcher in Mexico City. Rather than fleeing, many of the children seek out U.S. officials, surrender and request political asylum, citing violence and endemic crime in their home countries.



Young immigrants

A total of 10,588 unaccompanied children crossed the U.S.-Mexico border in October and November, more than double the 5,129 who crossed during the same two months last year, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

bjwordpressdivider As liberal as I am, I do not want undocumented people sneaking into our country. I guess this is my conservative trigger. I am from immigrant ancestors who came here to avoid Communism. They spoke English quite quickly after arriving and became citizens. They got jobs and even survived the Depression by taking care of each other. My grandmother would make soup from bones she had begged from the butcher. They lived in Cleveland and during the Depression my grandfather found a job in Chicago and sent money home for people to survive on. They cared, and they worked to help each other survive. We don’t really do that anymore. Some people might but not many. It is far easier to assist people to get back up on their feet than to go to war and then have to rebuild entire cities.
I am very glad that we are taking these children in. They are in so much danger from the drug cartels. I realize that this costs us money, but one of these children might find the cure for cancer. One might be the next Mozart. One might be a Monet. One might be the one who is able to lead us to peace.
May we live in peace with our neighbors and may we keep remembering that these are our sisters and brothers in the human family. All have something to give to enrich the world.
Wars cost trillions of dollars and we are sacrificing our sons and daughters on the alter of the warriors. War accomplishes nothing and peace brings about the peace we so badly need.
Barbara, the Idealistic Rebel