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Crisis on the Border: Unaccompanied Child Migrants

A child in Mexico at the U.S.-Mexico border fence looks into Nogales, Arizona.

A child in Mexico at the U.S.-Mexico border fence looks into Nogales, Arizona.

Unaccompanied child immigrants have stirred up dramatic emotions in the US public. The BBC reports that according to the US Department of Homeland Security, 52,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended since October. And WBUR revealed that border patrol agents are finding children as young as 4, with notes pinned on their clothing with instructions on how to contact relatives in the U.S. What to do with these kids?

  Two young girls watch a World Cup football match on TV from their holding area while others sleep.

 

Two young girls watch a World Cup football match on TV from their holding area while others sleep.

Protesters from opposing sides demonstrate outside a US Border Patrol station in California on 4 July 2014.

Protesters from opposing sides demonstrate outside a US Border Patrol station in California on 4 July 2014.