Monday, August 4, 2014

Blowback on the Border: America’s Child Refugee Crisis

Decades of short-sighted, inhumane U.S. policies have brought a child refugee crisis to America's door.

By Laura Carlsen, Foreign Policy in Focus
July 18, 2014

After three years of relative silence, the U.S. press has finally “discovered” the crisis of tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors piling up on the U.S. border. Although the coverage often began with moving stories of the hardships these young migrants faced, it soon turned ugly. For right-wing pundits and politicians, the “humanitarian crisis” has become a crackdown on kids.

The dominant narrative has been that foolish parents, perhaps duped by scheming criminal bands, are sending hapless children north to take advantage of loopholes in U.S. immigration practices.

This is just plain wrong. On every count. [...]

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