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Report: New Surge of Illegal Border Children on the Way

Tuesday, 23 Sep 2014 10:08 AM

A new wave of undocumented children are expected to swamp the border with Mexico in the next few weeks, according to LatinTimes.com citing experts and activists.

"The situation in Central America hasn't changed. We have the same problems of insecurity and violence, the lack of governability continues, and jobs are still a problem," said Carl Meacham, director of the Americas Program for the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Spanish news agency Efe.

"There is no work for young people who [become] members of cartels or street gangs," said Meacham while attempting to explain the reason that kids are drawn to the drug cartels.

He went on to say that the number of unaccompanied minors had declined during the past three months after a surge in May and June. But he added, "That won't last long."

President Barack Obama's decision to delay the passage of immigration reforms until after the November election will result in families paying "for their kids to be brought north, whatever the risks they run," the director said.

"There has been no legislation or change from the executive branch to eliminate the reasons why these children come to the United States," Meacham added.

According to LatinTimes.com, the number of unaccompanied minors who had crossed the border was 66,000 in the fiscal year 2014, which began on October 1, 2013.

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