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Deportation possible for children at U.S. border

Most South Carolina children live fairly decent lives. They have access to shelter, food, education and other necessities. Unfortunately, children in other countries -- particularly in Central America -- don't have it as good. Many live in poverty and fear for their lives every day due to wars and other violence. These children often leave their countries and come to the United States in search of freedom. While these children were once allowed in this country, President Obama is now saying "no more."

The number of children crossing the U.S. border is amazingly high. Since October, more than 54,000 children have been arrested. The number is expected to reach 90,000 by the end of the year. These children are sent to shelters and an attempt is made to link them together with relatives, but living facilities are fast becoming crowded. Obama is now asking for the deportation of children who attempt to cross the border and requesting $2 billion to assist with their repatriation.

Under the proposed law, every child would be screened and given one chance to prove that he or she lives in unsafe conditions and is legitimately concerned for his or her safety. However, human rights organizations claim that this proposal is cruel and puts the children's lives in further danger.

These children often travel without their parents. They may come here to the U.S. to join other family members or simply to flee a dangerous situation. Perhaps if the president and members of Congress traveled to the Central American countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras and glimpsed the horrific conditions under which these young children must exist, they might be more willing to change their stances on deporting minors.

Source: MSNBC, "Human rights groups outraged over Obama's deportation proposal", June 30, 2014

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