Statistics show that more children are crossing the border between the United States and Mexico to get into the U.S. Reports show that 24,668 undocumented alien children were in the care of the federal government last year, almost 50 percent more than the number reported in 2012.
Many people are questioning what has led to the increase in unaccompanied children crossing the border. Some say that immigration officers are catching more people at the border, but others say that undocumented immigrants can sneak into the U.S. too easily due to the low risks of getting caught.
With more children crossing the border illegally, what happens to those children if they are caught by immigration officials? The children who are caught by the Department of Homeland Security are typically sent to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and are sent to immigration proceedings. However, some children are reunited with their parents or other relatives after entering the U.S.
Some children can petition to become legal by seeking asylum or demonstrating that they were abused or abandoned. Petitioning for asylum or trying to obtain legal status in the U.S. can be challenging, especially for children.
Undocumented immigrants should be aware of current U.S. immigration policies and programs that can help them stay living in the country or become a citizen. Applying for asylum or a family visa can be a complicated process, especially if you are facing deportation. Individuals should consider consulting an immigration law attorney for guidance and help when applying for asylum or a family visa.
Source: Fox News, "Feds see surge in children crossing US-Mexico border amid concerns over immigration policy," Judson Berger, Dec. 23, 2013