Did you know that over 60,000 kids crossed the border unaccompanied by an adult in 2014? We are on target for at least half of that this year, so another 30,000 kids (a population that equals the entire town where I am living right now). This is a marked increase in the immigration of minors as compared to previous years.
The majority of these kids flee from El Salvador, Guatemala, or Honduras.
Kids come for many reasons usually a combination of violence and poverty. Most of these kids come via the Rio Grande Valley.
Border Patrol and Customs are doing what they can. But this problem is near overwhelming.
Some of these kids aren’t even school age yet, they are now living, mostly detained, in a foreign country, caught up in a system that was not expecting them.
I don’t know much more than what I’m posting here and I by no means presume to make any criticisms of how this is being handled or propose any ideas of what should be done about it. But I will say that those of us who care about humanity, and especially those of us that call ourselves Christians should care about these kids.
A great introduction to some of the issues around the immigration of minors is Enrique’s Journey. Written well before this current crisis, Enrique’s journey is a true story of one family from Honduras. Nazario opens to us the minds of parents in poverty and why they leave for America and then into the heart of the child growing up parentless and why they follow.
I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to dip a toe into the vast waters of immigration. Read with caution though, you may get sucked in, next thing you know you may be moving to The Rio Grande Valley and living as our next door neighbor and we would love it!