Analysis & Commentary

WOLA's Resources and Analysis on the Crisis of Migrant Children

For decades, WOLA has researched and reported on the conditions of crime, violence, and lack of economic opportunity as push factors driving migration. Below is a list of WOLA resources and analysis on the issues of unaccompanied minors, border security and migration, and citizen security.

Statements by Religious Communities on the Unaccompanied Children at the Border

In recent months, unaccompanied Central American children have arrived at the U.S. border seeking refuge from violence in their home countries. Here are a few statements that have been issued by religious communities in the U.S.

Unaccompanied Children Are No Reason to Send the National Guard to the Border

Five reasons to reject current proposals to send the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Five reasons to reject current proposals to send the U.S. National Guard to the border with Mexico. Concerns about unaccompanied children at the border do not warrant it. This use of military force reeks of political expediency, not sound policymaking.

Central American Children Fleeing Violence: Links to Service Providers

Many individuals have contacted WOLA asking what is being done to help respond to the urgent needs of unaccompanied children and families from Central America. To complement WOLA's targeted advocacy on this issue, we have compiled a list of organizations working to help these children.

WOLA Statement Opposing the House GOP Supplemental Appropriations Bill (H.R. 5230)

The proposed GOP house bill fails to address the root causes of child migration from Central America, strips protections for vulnerable children, and neglects the U.S. government's commitment to human rights in Central America.

WOLA's Adriana Beltrán's Testimony Before the Congressional Progressive Caucus

What drives a child or teenager to leave his or her home community in San Salvador or San Pedro Sula, and risk everything to make the extremely dangerous journey north? For many of these children, it is knowing how terrifying and potentially life threatening not going could be.

Is the International Community Ready for Post-Conflict Colombia?

Report-back on a research visit to Bogotá: the answer is "no, not yet"
In perhaps a year, donor countries, UN agencies, and multilateral bodies will be compelled to shift gears, increasing and reorienting their aid packages for Colombia. Are they ready to do that? Is the Colombian government helping them to prepare? What will the most urgent needs be?

Will More Funds for Border Security Address the Crisis of Central American Children at the Border?

Spending even more on border security, or sending the National Guard, will not resolve the unaccompanied minors crisis
There are already enough Border Patrol resources at the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress does not need to add more: Customs and Border Protection needs to distribute them to respond to the current situation. We *absolutely* do not need to take the drastic step of a new National Guard deployment.