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Migrant Children from Central America Are Not Mere Statistics

Niños migrantes en clase. Imagen en Flickr del usuario pies cansados (CC BY-ND 2.0) .

Migrant children in a schooclass. Image on Flickr by user pies cansados (CC BY-ND 2.0).

In an opinion piece for the American newspaper Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Global Voices contributor Jamie Stark wonders, “What kind of parent would pay $10,000 for a stranger to bring a child 1,400 miles through gangland and hostile border crossings? A good parent, perhaps.”

As a concerned citizen about the crisis of migrant children, Stark reflects:

What do we do with these kids? An important decision, to be certain, but one that overlooks the humanity, the story, of each child crossing our border.
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When a parent from Central America hears the rumor that children are being allowed to stay in the U.S., it's not so hard to imagine spending life savings of $10,000 to $15,000 for a stranger to guide a son or daughter north.
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These kids are not mere statistics. Many never wanted to be here in the first place.

Global Voices has published stories on this issue in the past:
The Humanitarian Tragedy of Children Emigrating Alone
An Open Letter to Salvadoran Migrant Children
Trafficked Ecuadorian Children Pass Through Hell on the Way to the US

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    Seal our southern borders now. No more illegal immigrants. Send back illegal immigrants now.

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