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How to Stop the Surge of Migrant Children

by Bill Hayes

The New York Times’ Room for Debate lets various knowledgeable contributors discuss news events and other timely issues. One recent debate covered: How to Stop the Surge of Migrant Children.

President Obama is asking Congress for emergency funding as the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border rises at an alarming rate. Fleeing poverty and gang violence, motivated in part by rumors that they will gain legal status but now trapped in a legal limbo, many of the young migrants are making the dangerous journey from Central America.

What can be done to stem the surge of children illegally crossing into the U.S.? And how does this crisis fit into the larger debate for comprehensive immigration reform? [more]