[ View the story "Central American migrants: A refugee crisis for the US?" on Storify] Central American migrants: A refugee crisis for the US? US president has called the recent surge of young migrants 'an urgent humanitarian situation'.
The Stream· Mon, Jul 14 2014 18:16:50
The United States has
an influx of Central American migrants, many of whom are
from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Children who have entered the country illegally through the US-Mexico border have been
by US border patrol and detained in facilities immigration rights advocates
The government estimates up to 90,000 unaccompanied minors could be apprehended at the border by the end of the year.
To help resolve what Barack Obama
as an "urgent humanitarian crisis", the president recently
congress for approximately
to improve border security, provide better care for minors in US custody, and legal assistance in speeding immigration hearings. The president's proposal has received
from some US politicians, who say the amount was either too much or
#POTUS has requested $3.7B for the deportation and processing of #UAC at the border. #immigration INFOGRAPH -->
The US Customs and Border Patrol has initiated a
meant to deter potential migrants from making the
to the border. The poster below reads: "I thought it would be easy for my son to get his papers in the North. That wasn't true."
This ad depicts the perilous journey of a teenage boy attempting to enter the United States:
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Immigration policy is a fiercely contested issue in many US communities, especially in cities near the US-Mexico border. In
, California, some residents have regularly
the transportation of migrants to nearby immigration processing centres.
say their city does not have the resources necessary to support an influx of new immigrants.
Murrieta Border Patrol Station Buses Arrive51_X0HFgp1AKG71u8Tu59w
I'm all about helping others, but American citizens needs before illegal immigrants needs. (Such as homeless and veterans) #MurrietaJeremy Daugherty
#Murrieta If Obama can't send the illegal kids back asap. Then he needs to round up all the illegal aliens who have over stayed to make roomJane Doe
Those who are currently on Federal assitance will soon see cuts in their checks. Illegal Immigration cost too much $$ #murrietaDon Allen
Those who support allowing the migrants to stay have responded with counter-demonstrations.
Murrieta immigration Protest RAW footage #3fordrocks1986
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No Human is Illegal. Our Ancestors were immigrants, our parents or grandparents were immigrants. #Murrieta #ImmigrationReformNancy B.✨
We are all immigrants in this country. Review your history. Quit the hypocrisy & let the children stay. #ImmigrantChildren #Murrieta RUBI GARCIA
The Stream asked its community what needs to change about US immigration policy:
@AJStream The EU countries have been facing this for decades from African migrants, the rich nations must do something to reverse this trendHabib Bolaji Ibrahim
@AJStream I would probably place those illegal minors in a safe holding place temporary. Then I would immediately work on securing the bordeBarbara Lucas
@AJStream Then I would talk to the leaders from the country the minors comes from to see if they could be placed ina home while the parentsBarbara Lucas
Should young Central American migrants be granted refugee status in the US?
@DeemaAlpha @AJStream I believe it is enough to be granted refugee status. The death toll rivals that of war zones.K. Mennem
@AJStream Yes, this is one of the ways to balance the world economic situation $ puts an end to POVERTY otherwise this trend will continued.Habib Bolaji Ibrahim
What do you think of President Obama's funding proposal?
@AJStream, that's crazy amount to use in processing their deportation. These money could go as individual aid to the families.Olu Areola
@AJStream Too bad, this type of money should be used to rehabilitate these children under refugee status.Habib Bolaji Ibrahim
@AJStream instead use it to create job for them .Raymond