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How Another Wave of Kids at the Border is Affecting Efforts to Help Them

Posted on · UNICEF (The United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund) last month released a report on the number of unaccompanied children coming into the United States from Central America. According to the report, nearly 26,000 unaccompanied children were apprehended at the U.S. border in the first six months of 2016. The report also touches on the importance of legal […]

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

Posted on · 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 […]

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Immigration Reform is More than Just a U.S.-Mexico Problem

Posted on · At a recent symposium on immigration at Rice University, diplomats, scholars, activists, and public officials noted the issue is more than just a U.S./Mexico border problem, that other countries bear responsibility for migration. We discuss immigration beyond the border with Dr. Tony Payan, director of the Mexico Center at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, […]

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Study: Immigrant Children are More Likely to be Sedentary

Posted on · A new study by sociologists at Rice University indicates immigrant children from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are more likely to be sedentary than U.S.-born white children. We learn more about the study from Rachel Kimbro, one of its co-authors, and discuss reasons why this might be the case.