The Obama administration is attempting to assemble a network of shelters on U.S. military bases and other federal facilities to lodge thousands of children awaiting immigration proceedings after fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
A recent report details nearly 30 cases where unaccompanied Central American child migrants in the U.S. had been trafficked after federal officials released them to sponsors or where there were "serious trafficking indicators."
Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders said Thursday that he is "very disturbed" by reports that the Obama administration has begun preparing for a series of raids that would target for deportation families who fled violence in Central America.
As unaccompanied minors have again crossed the southwest border in growing numbers in recent months, experts have agreed that the root causes of the surge lie in Central American violence and poverty that is driving people north.
Three Latin America-focused think tanks have teamed up to publish the first seven of a planned 15 policy briefs analyzing various aspects of Central American and Mexican migration at its points of departure, transit and settlement in both Mexico and the United States.
Refugees are often described as a "burden" for the countries they settle in. But research that has looked at the effect of refugees around the world suggests that, in the long run, this view is often wrong.