USCRI: U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants

Introduction to Immigrant Children and Representation

The number of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border into the U.S. has risen dramatically in recent years: Over 16,000 unaccompanied minors entered the U.S. in Fiscal Year 2012, and 24,000 are expected to arrive in 2013. The majority of these children come from Mexico and Central America. Many are fleeing domestic abuse, gang violence, human trafficking, or poverty.



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