Arizona’s Governor Jan Brewer cried foul when hundreds of unaccompanied children were dropped off at the bus station in Phoenix in June, bringing national attention to a growing illegal immigration issue.
According to numerous news reports, these children hailed primarily from Central America: Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. They, along with thousands of other children, journeyed through Mexico, deluging Texas until the system was too strained to accommodate them. They are now being bussed to other states.
Food for the Hungry works in Central America, including Guatemala.
The influx of child immigrants from the south continues to grow in recent months.
The children say their parents, guardians, local media encouraged them to flee gang and drug violence, along with hopeless poverty, by seeking refuge and a better life in the United States. Many hoped to be united with relatives already living illegally in the U.S..
People across the political spectrum agree that this is a bad situation. Not only are families being torn apart, but unaccompanied minors are undertaking a dangerous journey in which some have died and many, if not most, have been abused.
FH also works in areas of the world where hundreds of thousands of refugees overwhelm other countries, only to end up living in squalid conditions. Children are the most vulnerable in these situations, facing everything from hunger and disease to violence and sex trafficking.
Some ministries are working to address the needs of the children here in the United States until their immigration cases have been processes (more on that, here).
FH focuses on addressing the problem on the other side of the border.
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SOURCE: Mission Network News