New Report Outlines Risks Faced By Children Deported From U.S.

A new report released by the United Nations children’s agency suggests the immigration crackdown happening in the US for families crossing the southern border poses a major risk for the children that are being deported back to their homelands.


The report, Uprooted in Central America and Mexico, goes into detail of how children being deported back to their countries of origin are likely to revert to a poorer way of living, ending up riddled in debt and having their life at risk from being targeted by local gang members in the region.


It highlights incredible deportation figures since the Trump Administration put in place the “zero-tolerance” policy with UNICEF reporting that “96,216 migrants from northern Central America, including 24,189 women and children, were returned from Mexico and the U.S. between January and June of this year” to Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.


From those that were returned from the U.S. to Mexico, over 90% of the immigrants were deported from Mexico to them countries stated above.


Maria Cristina Perceval, the Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean for UNICEF reiterated how the struggle that the children have in their homeland makes them even more likely to want to return, for a better life, “children who are sent back to their countries of origin have no home to return to”, she says. “Being returned to impossible situations makes it more likely that they will migrate again”.


The document hasn’t been created to scathe or attack the policy that’s been put in place by the Trump Administration, but rather highlight the struggles that migrants face back home and the dangers they’re trying to escape from in attempting to cross the Mexico-US border. For young people in particular, they can be faced with great danger in their home countries.


The report in particular, focuses on countries such as El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, where gang-related crime, poverty and lack of quality education are just some of the challenges that young children face on a daily basis. It means that migrants are faced with further suffering and stricter border controls aren’t less likely to stop them from fleeing their current living conditions.


Back in June, Trump signed an agreement to stop the separating of young children from their parents when they were met at the US border. However, it hasn’t been easy trying to reunite the families.

The ACLU (American Civil Liberties Union) filed a lawsuit this week, claiming that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services and Immigration and Customs Enforcement have been unlawfully coordinating to prevent immigrants from seeking legal U.S residency and instead campaigning to arrest and deport the immigrants.


The report goes on further to say, “detention and family separation by migration authorities are deeply traumatizing experiences,” and that they wished to reiterate that they promote the idea of wanting to keep the families together.

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