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Migrant Children May Flock to California From Mexico This Summer

Image: Migrant Children May Flock to California From Mexico This Summer
(Photo by José Cabezas/AFP via The Guardian)

By    |   Tuesday, 19 Apr 2016 01:04 PM

A new report claims 2016 will see an increased amount of migrant children arriving at California's border with Mexico.

According to Southern California Public Radio, almost 70,000 children — largely from Central America — came to the U.S. in 2014. After a significant drop last year, the number is expected to rise again this summer.

"The numbers are well above this point in 2015 and they're even higher than this point from 2014, which was a significant surge year," Adam Hunter, the director of the Immigration and the States Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, told the news outlet.

"We think of this largely as a federal process, since these are children who are apprehended by federal authorities and border patrol."

According to the report, almost 1,500 unaccompanied migrant children have been taken in by Los Angeles County in the current fiscal year, the most of any county across the U.S.

The Guardian reported
in March that thousands of minors from Central America are being stopped at the Mexican border and sent back. Statistics show that less than 1 percent of children who enter Mexico from Central America are being granted refugee status.

Last year, according to the report, 52 unaccompanied children were taken in by Mexico.

A Congressional Research Service report released last week said more than 52,000 unaccompanied Central American children arrived at the U.S. border with Mexico in 2014. That equaled a 1,200-percent increase from 2011.

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