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What’s Driving A Second Surge of Minors Crossing the Border?

Attention turned about a year and a half ago to the Texas/Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors (many fleeing violence in Central America) sought asylum in the United States. The federal government scrambled to safely house the children while they navigated our immigration courts. Their ranks slowly dissipated as their cases were resolved, but […]

Attention turned about a year and a half ago to the Texas/Mexico border, where thousands of unaccompanied minors (many fleeing violence in Central America) sought asylum in the United States. The federal government scrambled to safely house the children while they navigated our immigration courts. Their ranks slowly dissipated as their cases were resolved, but now the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border is rising once again.

We discuss the implications of this newest surge with Dr. Luis Torres is an associate professor and associate director of the Center for Drug & Social Policy Research at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, and Dalia Castillo-Granados, Houston-based director of the American Bar Association’s Children's Immigration Law Academy.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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