Skip to content

How to turn the tide of South American refugee children? Action desperately needed

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
6/29/2014 (3 years ago)
Catholic Online (

One option could have children seeking refugee status in their native lands

The number of South American refugee children streaming into the U.S. from the border it shares with Mexico is erupting into a full blown crisis. Resources are strained in Arizona and elsewhere, as children and teenagers, chiefly from the nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala cross unaccompanied by adults or guardians. Many of these children fall victim to drug cartels, sex traffickers or hunger and thirst in their search for a better life. Pressure is mounting on U.S. President Obama to do something - now.

Many of the children flooding the U.S.-Mexican border are trying to reunite with relatives already in the United States, some of them here illegally.

Many of the children flooding the U.S.-Mexican border are trying to reunite with relatives already in the United States, some of them here illegally.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
Catholic Online (
6/29/2014 (3 years ago)

Published in Politics & Policy

Keywords: Refugee children, asylum, El Salvador, border

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Children arriving at the Texas border could reach 90,000 this year alone and grow to 150,000 next year. This is an unprecedented uptick, from only about 6,000 in 2011, according to government estimates.

This deluge of refuge children and teenagers are straining U.S. resources, from temporary shelters to immigration courts.

Get food into the hands of needy children -- by going here --

One possible solution has been offered by Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona. He says that establishing refugee application programs in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala, where domestic abuse, gang violence and poverty are rampant, is essential to defusing the growing U.S. border crisis.

Both Republicans and Democrats members of Congress say that a refugee program could help discourage minors from making the perilous journey north unattended. The program would also give some of them a legal way to flee the three countries, which rank among the top five countries with the highest murder rates in the world.

Many of the children flooding the U.S.-Mexican border are trying to reunite with relatives already in the United States, some of them here illegally.

If President Obama were to opt for a refugee program, he likely would use his own authority to create it, according to experts, rather than rely on legislation from Congress. Children could go to U.S. embassy offices in their home countries and apply for refugee status under this program.

In the meantime, White House officials have simply recounted measures recently announced to deal with the surge of illegally immigrating children.

These include $40 million to improve Guatemalan border security and $25 million to provide services to youth in El Salvador who are vulnerable to organized crime pressures.

Many immigration experts do not believe those steps, even when coupled with a public relations campaign urging kids to stay at home, will stop the flow. Long-term U.S. foreign economic aid and anti-drug programs in these countries might be needed, they have said.


'Help Give every Student and Teacher FREE resources for a world-class Moral Catholic Education'

Copyright 2018 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for FEBRUARY 2018
Say 'No' to Corruption.
That those who have material, political or spiritual power may resist any lure of corruption.


More Politics & Policy

North Korea asks for peace, seeks meeting with President Trump Watch

Image of President Trump has scored a major victory.

President Trump is on the verge of the greatest win of his presidency, a meeting with North Korea. The dictator of the Hermit Kingdom, Kim ... continue reading

Archbishop Gomez: 'Cruel' to use DACA recipients as 'bargaining chips' Watch

Image of Archbishop Gomez has criticized the use of DACA recipients as 'bargaining chips.'

Although the Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) protections did not expire on March 5, the passage of the original deadline has ... continue reading

Bishops ask for DACA protections Watch

Image of

After the Senate failed to pass a bipartisan bill that would offer protections for immigrants, U.S. bishops noted their disappointment and ... continue reading

President Trump's second State of the Union speech surprises with 75 percent approval Watch

Image of President Trump delivered a triumphant State of the Union speech that earned high approval ratings.

Americans are overwhelmingly approving of President Trump's second State of the Union address. The speech has been given a 75 percent ... continue reading

Controversial memo that exposes government abuses to be released - Speaker Ryan calls for FBI cleanup Watch

Image of The FBI could be in trouble if allegations are true.

House Republicans have voted to release a controversial memo that describes government abuse of surveillance powers. The information is so ... continue reading

Never Miss any Updates!

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers.

Learn about Catholic world

Catholic Online
Inform - Inspire - Ignite

Catholic Online Saints
Your saints explained

Catholic Online Prayers
Prayers for every need

Catholic Online Bible
Complete bible online

Catholic Online News
Your news Catholic eye

Daily Reading
Today's bible reading

Lent / Easter
Death & resurrection of Jesus

Advent / Christmas
Birth of Jesus

Rest of Catholic Online
All Catholic world we offer

Products and services we offer

Catholic Online Shopping
Catholic medals, gifts & books

The California Network
Inspiring streaming service

Advertise on Catholic Online
Your ads on

Catholic Online Email
Email with Catholic feel

Catholic Online Singles
Safe, secure Catholic dating

The California Studios
World-class post production service

Learn the Catholic way

Catholic Online School
Free Catholic education for all

Student Classes
K-12 & Adult Education Classes

School Teachers
Teacher lesson plans & resources

Support Free Education
Tax deductible support Free education

Connect with us online

Catholic Online on Facebook
Catholic social network

Catholic Online on Twitter
Catholic Tweets

Catholic Online on YouTube
Enjoy our videos

Catholic Online on Instagram
Shared Catholic moments

Catholic Online on Pinterest
Catholic ideas style inspiration

Catholic Online Logo

Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. All materials contained on this site, whether written, audible or visual are the exclusive property of Catholic Online and are protected under U.S. and International copyright laws, © Copyright 2018 Catholic Online. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of Catholic Online is strictly forbidden and prohibited.