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

Analysis & Commentary
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.

Children, Families, and Danger at the Texas-Mexico Border

Report back on an August 3-4 visit to McAllen, Texas and Reynosa, Mexico
Publication
With numerous audio samples, Adam reports back on an August 3-4 visit to McAllen, Texas, and Reynosa, Mexico. Listen to on-the-scene updates about unaccompanied minors, the dangers of the journey, deportations, and the humanitarian response.

Statements by Religious Communities on the Unaccompanied Children at the Border

Analysis & Commentary
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.
Analysis & Commentary
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

Analysis & Commentary
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.

House Supplemental Strips Protections for Children Fleeing Violence

Senate Counterpart Makes Important Strides Ensuring Safety of Children and Addressing Root Causes of Violence in Central America
News
The House Republican bill deprives these children of the legal protections and due process guarantees that would determine if they qualify for protective status in the United States. It would rush to deport them back to terrifying situations that could threaten their lives and safety.

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

Analysis & Commentary
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.

WOLA Expert Tells Congressional Panel: Central American Children Risk Becoming Victims Again

Focus on Community-Level Violence Key to Easing Humanitarian Crisis at the Border
News
On July 29, at a hearing of the Congressional Progressive Caucus that featured testimony from unaccompanied minors from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala, WOLA’s Senior Associate for Citizen Security, Adriana Beltrán, discussed the humanitarian situation at the border.

Over 40 Organizations Call on Congress to Address Humanitarian Crisis at the Border

Groups Urge Emergency Aid and Attention to the Underlying Causes of Violence
News
Today, leading human rights, development, and faith-based organizations released an open letter to Members of Congress calling on legislators to address the humanitarian crisis of tens of thousands of children from Central America who have been apprehended and detained at the U.S. border.

WOLA's Adam Isacson Discusses National Guard Deployment on WSJ Live

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry plans to deploy the National Guard to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border as the federal government struggles to handle an influx of Central American immigrants. In a video interview with WSJ Live, WOLA's Adam Isacson weighs in on why this is a bad idea.

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
Analysis & Commentary
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.

What the U.S. Government Can Do in Response to the Increase in Migration from Central America

Smart responses to increased migration from Central America
Analysis & Commentary
In a series of recommendations, WOLA, LAWG, the Women's Refugee Commission, JRS, the Guatemala Human Rights Commission, and the U.S. Jesuit Conference outline intelligent ways in which the U.S. government could respond to the increase in migration from Central America.

WOLA's Advocacy on the Crisis of Migrant Children

Analysis & Commentary

The Plight of Migrant Children at the Border Highlights Need to Invest in Central America

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA Program Director Geoff Thale discusses the "push" factors that are driving an unprecedented number of unaccompanied Central American youth to migrate to the U.S., and what can be done to mitigate these factors.

An Interactive Look at the Mexico-Guatemala Border Zone

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In February 2014, WOLA researchers spent 12 days at Mexico’s border with Guatemala to learn about why the U.S. and Mexican governments want to beef up security in this zone. Click here to see an interactive presentation of their findings.

New WOLA report on Mexico's Southern Border

Mexico's Other Border: Security, Migration, and the Humanitarian Crisis at the line with Central America
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In February 2014, WOLA investigators paid a 12-day visit to several points along Mexico’s southern border with Guatemala. Their new report examines border security conditions, migration trends, and the push factors that force Central American migrants to abandon their countries of origin.

New WOLA report: Mexico's Other Border

Security, Migration, and the Humanitarian Crisis at the line with Central America
News
WOLA associates Adam Isacson and Maureen Meyer examine migration patterns, human trafficking and smuggling, security, and U.S. and Mexican policy at Mexico's southern border.

The Crisis of Unaccompanied Migrant Children

Why are so many Central American adults and children suddenly trying to migrate? WOLA staff recall that the humanitarian crisis starts far south of the U.S. border.
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Since October, authorities have captured more than 46,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from Central America, on the U.S. side of the border. Adam talks with WOLA's Geoff Thale, Maureen Meyer, and Marc Hanson about causes and implications.

Executive Summary: Mexico's Other Border

New WOLA Report on Security and the Crisis in Central American Migration Between Mexico and Guatemala
Analysis & Commentary
WOLA's new report not only explains what Mexico’s “other border” looks like, it shows very clearly that the real humanitarian emergency is not just in shelters and detention facilities in south Texas—it runs along the entire migration route to the United States.

Three Myths about Central American Migration to the United States

Analysis & Commentary
WOLA and the Jesuit Conference created a joint fact sheet that separates myth from reality in a confusing situation on the border.