ACLU insight into the Central American immigrant wave

July 11, 2014: People are rafted to the Mexican shore, across the Suchiate river that separates Tecun Uman, Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on a makeshift raft made from inner tubes of trucks attached to wooden boards. Scores of Central Americans pay a modest fee crossing the river on these improvised rafts. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

July 11, 2014: People are rafted to the Mexican shore, across the Suchiate river that separates Tecun Uman, Guatemala and Ciudad Hidalgo, Mexico, on a makeshift raft made from inner tubes of trucks attached to wooden boards. Scores of Central Americans pay a modest fee crossing the river on these improvised rafts. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

At last count, over 57,000 Central American children have come to the United States since the start of the year, according to USA Today. That number is expected to grow to over 90,000 by the time the year is out.

With Border Patrol overwhelmed with processing the unaccompanied minors, President Barack Obama has asked Congress for nearly $4 billion to respond to the situation.

The question on many people’s minds are why are these children here, and what can be done about this ‘humanitarian crisis’ as the president calls it.

Layla Razavi, regional advocacy and policy counsel for the American Civil Liberties Union, weighed in on Hofstra’s Morning Wake Up Call.

 

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