Central American Children:
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|Thu, 07-10-2014 - 12:46pm|
I feel that the most important factor to think about in regard to the recent increase in children coming from Central America to seek asylum in the United States is that these children did not enter the country illegally. This is due to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008. It is my understanding that this act requires that children from Honduras, San Salvador, Guatemala and possibly other nations, but not Mexico or Canada, must be allowed into the United States in order to appear before an immigration court to determine if they were or would be if returned to their country of origin victims of human trafficking, including sex trafficking. I understand that this act was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress and signed by President George W. Bush at the end of 2008. Before I go further I want to say that I applaud this Act and commend President Bush for signing it.
Now, it’s been said that some of these children are released into the United States under the understanding that they would appear later in immigration court, but that they do not do so. First, many adults who have committed crimes are released to their own recognizance pending a court appearance and not only have these children not committed a crime, but they have not broken any law at the time that they are released into the community.
My understanding is that the countries these children are fleeing are for all purposes “war zones” Honduras is reported to have by far the highest homicide rate of any other nation and I completely understand why these children would do what they are doing. I believe and hope that if I was in their situation I would do the same.