Increase in Unaccompanied Minor Children Caught At U.S. Border
"The number of unaccompanied migrant children in U.S. detention centers grew nearly 50%, from 6,854 in fiscal 2011 to more than 10,000 in the nine-month period ended June 30, according to federal statistics cited in the report, titled "Forced From Home: The Lost Boys and Girls of Central America." With three months left in the latest reporting period, the fiscal 2012 figures are expected to rise further," the LA Times writes.
"'The Obama administration has made it very clear -- if you get your kids to the U.S. and keep them here for a while, they can stay,' said Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the group. 'That's the unmistakable message he's sent around the world. Not surprisingly, you have parents who say, 'Let's do that.'" Other countries are responsible for ensuring the safety of their own citizens, Mehlman added. Asylum should be reserved for a select few cases, or 'the potential is you could have billions of people qualifying for political asylum in the U.S.'"
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