‘Invisible’ Children: Raised in the U.S., Now Struggling in Mexico

11/13/16 NPR Ed

Student by flickr user RightIndexChildren and teenagers of Mexican descent make up one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation’s public schools.

That’s a well-known statistic, but less known is that, in the last eight years, nearly 500,000 of these children have returned to Mexico with their families. Nine out of 10 are U.S. citizens because they were born in the U.S. That’s according to Mexican and U.S. government figures compiled by researchers with the University of California system, and the Civil Rights Project at UCLA.

These families have returned to Mexico because of the economic downturn in the U.S. Many others were deported and had no choice but to take their U.S.-born children with them.

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‘Abused children’ rescued in Mexico

07/16/14 BBC News

Street childrenMexican police have rescued more than 450 children they believe were abused at a children’s home in Zamora in the western state of Michoacan.

They were allegedly subject to sexual abuse and forced to beg on the streets.

The owner, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, and eight employees at the House of the Big Family have been arrested.

Correspondents say it is one of Mexico’s worst incidents of alleged child abuse at a children’s institution in many years.

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Children crossing border alone create ‘urgent humanitarian situation’

Los Angeles Times, 06/03/14

border patrol badgeA recent surge in the number of children who are detained while illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border without their parents is an “urgent humanitarian situation” that has prompted the opening of special facilities to house them in San Antonio and at the naval base in Port Hueneme, the Obama administration said Monday.

About 120 unaccompanied children are arriving each day, officials said.

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Más de la mitad de los niños mexicanos viven en pobreza

education - children poverty - EcuadorAnimal Politico, 4/30/14

El 53.8% de los niños que celebrarán este 30 de abril el Día del Niño en México son pobres y viven con al menos una carencia que les dificulta el correcto ejercicio de sus derechos sociales sociales, informaron este martes el Fondo de las Naciones Unidas para la Infancia (Unicef) y el Consejo Nacional de Evaluación de la Política de Desarrollo Social.

Pero además dentro de ese grupo de 21.1 millones de niños, niñas y adolescentes, hay 4.7 millones —12.1%— que vive en pobreza extrema, es decir, que tiene al menos tres carencias que le impiden disfrutar de sus derechos fundamentales.

“La pobreza en la infancia tiene características específicas que le dan a su atención y reducción un sentido de urgencia: la probabilidad de que se vuelva permanente es más alta que en el caso de los adultos, al igual que la posibilidad de que se reproduzca en la siguiente generación, además de que las consecuencias negativas que ocasiona son irreversibles en la mayoría de los casos”, indica el informe Pobreza y derechos sociales de niñas, niños y adolescentes en México, 2010-2012 que presentaron Unicef y Coneval.

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Supreme Court will review immigration dispute over law aimed at keeping families together

Supreme Court US by Flikr user dbkingAP, 6/24/2013

The Supreme Court on Monday waded into a complicated dispute over a law aimed at keeping immigrant families together in a case that underscores the occasionally tense relationship between immigration proponents and the Obama administration as Congress debates immigration reform.

The justices said Monday they will hear an appeal from the Obama administration arguing that children who have become adults during their parents’ years-long wait to become legal permanent residents of the United States should go to the back of the line in their own wait for visas. Under U.S. immigration law, children 21 and older cannot immigrate under their parents’ applications for green cards, even if the parents’ application took decades to process.

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Demographics: Birth rate fall and prospect of longer life cloud Mexico’s future

shutterstock_102739391Financial Times, 6/3/2013

Raúl Velasco remembers the time when Mexican families were big. “There was never any question that you would have seven, eight, maybe even 10 children,” says the retired construction worker from Mexico City. “That was what our parents did and that is what we imagined our children would do, too.” Mr Velasco’s seven children – three boys and four girls, all born in the 1960s and 1970s, and all now with families of their own – broke with the country’s age-old tradition. Between them, they only have 11 children and Mr Velasco says they do not plan to have any more.

The dramatic demographic shift in Mr Velasco’s family mirrors almost exactly the wider trends at work in Mexico over the past 50 years or so. From an average of almost seven children per woman in the 1960s, the birth rate has fallen to roughly two today. Those changes have created both opportunities and problems for the world’s 11th largest country by population as it grapples with the strains of trying to become a fully developed nation over the next generation.

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First Ladies from Mexico and Guatemala chat about child migration (Spanish)

Street childrenEl Universal, 4/23/2013

Mexico’s first lady Angelica Rivera de Peña hosted a meeting  with Guatemala’s first lady Rosa María Leal de Pérez at Los Pinos. The issue of concern discussed in the meeting was migration of unaccompanied children.  As concluded, both Mexico and Guatemala  will work together to provide better protection for migrant children.

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