Children at the Border: a Humanitarian Crisis

Regardless of one’s feelings about illegal immigration, it must be acknowledged that the massive influx of unaccompanied minors into the U.S. has become a humanitarian crisis of epic proportions.  But what is causing these children to risk their lives to come to the U.S.?  Is it poverty, threats of gang violence and human trafficking, desperation, or misguided U.S. policies? Only by understanding the problem can we hope to address it.  This article from the Atlantic gives some insights, as does this article from Vox.com.

Obviously, there is no quick fix to this problem. For many, the issue of illegal immigration raises strong emotions, and the rhetoric can be hurtful at times.  Pope Francis has recently spoken against such rhetoric, calling on the faithful to move away from “attitudes of defensiveness and fear, indifference and marginalization.”
Posted: July 18, 2104

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