U.S.-Mexico border sees decline in unaccompanied child immigrants

August 8, 2014

08/07/14 CBS News

barbed wireFar fewer unaccompanied immigrant children are crossing the Texas-Mexico border, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that it hurriedly opened to handle the surge, authorities say.

The Department of Homeland Security released data Thursday showing that about 5,500 unaccompanied children were arrested in July, barely half the number in May and June and the fewest children arrested in a month since February. Similarly, arrests of parents with children dropped by more than half last month, to just over 7,400.

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Mexican immigrants will move for low-skill jobs. No one else will.

August 6, 2014

08/06/14 The Washington Post

Migrant California vineyardRecessions are a big shake-up for the economy. Some places gain jobs, and other places lose them, and so people often have to move in search of opportunity. What economists Brian Cadena and Brian Kovak found is that among low-skilled workers (those with a high-school degree or less), Mexican-born immigrants are unique in that they moved quite a bit in search of jobs during the last recession. Native-born low-skilled workers, in contrast, tended to stay in one place regardless of how the local economy was doing.

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House passes $694 million border bill

August 5, 2014

08/02/14 CNN

Capitol Cherry BlossomsIn a late-night vote after a bitterly partisan debate, the House of Representatives passed a $694 million border bill Friday, but the measure has no chance of becoming law.

The vote was almost entirely on party lines, 223-189, with just one Democrat, Texas Rep. Henry Cuellar, voting for it. Four Republicans opposed the legislation.

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Many Mexican child migrants caught multiple times at border

August 5, 2014

08/04/14 Pew Research Center

hand over fenceWith the surge in unaccompanied children apprehended at the Southwest border, much has been written about the unusually high numbers of kids arriving from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The number of apprehensions of Mexican child migrants rivals those of the other three countries, but many of those caught are ones who tried to cross multiple times — meaning that the total number of child migrants from Mexico is lower compared with the Central American nations.

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Emergency Funds for U.S.-Mexico Border Advance in Senate

July 30, 2014

07/30/14 Bloomberg Businessweek

barbed wireThe U.S. Senate advanced legislation backed by the Obama administration that would provide $2.7 billion in emergency spending to cope with a surge of Central American children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The measure cleared a procedural hurdle by a 63-33 vote. The House plans to vote tomorrow on a $659 million measure that contains a provision sought by Republicans to speed the return of those children to their native countries. The disagreement between the chambers means Congress probably will leave for its five-week break without agreement on a plan.

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Mayor wants Chicago to shelter young immigrants

July 28, 2014

07/26/14 Chicago Tribune

chicagoMayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is set to aggressively expand the amount of shelter available to children apprehended at the southern U.S. border, with plans to house as many as 1,000 additional young immigrants in Chicago by the end of this year.

The mayor’s office also plans to tap the city’s legal community to build what it described as a “broad-based pro bono campaign” to counsel the city’s share of unauthorized immigrant children, a proposal hatched as federal authorities work to boost the government’s capacity to shelter and care for the unprecedented number of children arriving from Latin America.

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Mexico names czar to handle issue of Central American migrants

July 15, 2014

07/15/14 LA Times

barbed wire fenceWith pressure mounting from the U.S. government, Mexico on Tuesday appointed a czar to take charge of largely unimpeded migration from Central America, which sees tens of thousands of people each year enter southern Mexico and cross the country en route to the United States.

Interior Minister Miguel Angel Osorio Chong, in an announcement before reporters in Mexico City, said the new system would guarantee the safety of migrants as well as their eventual repatriation.

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First group of Hondurans deported from new U.S. facility

July 15, 2014

07/15/14 CNN

Honduras flagThe woman’s eyes were swollen and red after she got off a plane in this violence-plagued Central American city Monday.

She told CNN she’d cried the whole way on the flight from New Mexico. Her 6-year-old daughter was beside her.

They were among a group of about 40 mothers and children deported from the United States to Honduras on a chartered flight Monday — the first group of Central Americans sent home under stepped-up U.S. efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.

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Obama Urges Congress to Approve $4 Billion in Funds for Immigration Crisis

July 10, 2014

07/9/14 TIME

????????President Barack Obama called on Congress to swiftly approve nearly $4 billion in supplemental funding to deal with the influx of unaccompanied minors at the Southwest border Wednesday, saying lawmakers need to set aside politics to solve the problem.

“Are we more interested in politics, or are we more interested in solving the problem,” Obama said in statement late in the day after a meeting with Texas Governor Rick Perry and local faith leaders in Dallas to deal with the months-long crisis.

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Most children illegally crossing the border alone will be deported, White House signals

July 8, 2014

07/7/14 The Washington Post

border patrol badgeThe White House signaled Monday that it expects to deport most of the unaccompanied minors entering the country illegally across the southern border, employing the strongest rhetoric to date to indicate that an influx of thousands of Central American migrants will not be tolerated.

The tougher tone came a day before Obama administration officials were expected to ask Congress to authorize new measures, including more than $2 billion in emergency funds, that would expedite the legal processing of the more than 52,000 children and 39,000 families apprehended this year.

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