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A Sad Tale about Children and Immigration

The New York Times reports a surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the US border. Since October last year, a record 47,017 children have been apprehended at the southwest United States border, most traveling from Central America. It is surmised that the increase is due to a belief by immigrant families that the US will be more lenient toward immigrant children. It is also likely due to many families worried about rising crime and ailing economies in their home countries. The family pictured below has lost two children - age 7 and 13 years old - to crime. They live in the Mexican La Pradera neighborhood, where seven children have been murdered only in the past month by the multi-ethnic transnational crime organization, Mara-18, originally formed as a street gang in LA, CA. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/04/world/americas/wave-of-minors-on-their-own-rush-to-cross-southwest-border.html

Photo by Meridith Kohut for The New York Times

Photo by Meridith Kohut for The New York Times