47,017 Unaccompanied Children Have Tried To Enter The United States In The Past Year.

47,017 Unaccompanied Children Have Tried To Enter The United States In The Past Year.

According to a report recently released by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agencythe number of unaccompanied children trying to enter the United States illegally has doubled in the last year, from 24,493 to 47,017 in 2014.

The report breaks down attempts to cross the border by country of origin and the U.S. border region in which the attempts took place. Of these categorical break downs, the most startling fact is thatchildren from Honduras now outnumber the children attempting to cross from Mexico. To explain this new trend, we looked closer at what is occurring in the countries from which these children are migrating.

An article yesterday by New York Times correspondent for Florida, the Caribbean and Central America, Frances Robles explains how the “migration of unaccompanied minors is so severe that the United Nations declared it a humanitarian crisis akin to refugees’ fleeing war.” In the article Ms. Robles explains how the “United Nations has consistently listed Honduras as the country with the highest murder rate in the world. It is said that Honduras had 90.4 killings per 100,000 residents, nearly three times the rate a decade ago.” The crisis has received scrutiny from President Obama and Department of Homeland Secretary Johnson.

In a press release Monday, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Charles Johnson said, “On the recommendation of myself and others, the President has today directed an inter-agency Unified Coordination Group to address the situation… We will also continue to work closely with the governments of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador to counter this recent surge in migrant children. We must, and we will, address this situation.”

20140604MIGRANTS-slide-444X-superJumbo.jpgPhoto credit to Meridith Kohut of The New York Times