Past Event

Children at the Border

Isabel Anadon, Senior Policy Analyst at the Latino Policy Forum will be joining us as the guest speaker.

From: How thousands of children are creating a crisis in America By Moni Basu

The number of children making these journeys by themselves has doubled each year since 2010. U.S. authorities estimate that between 60,000 and 80,000 children will seek safe haven this year. Immigrant rights agencies project that number could soar to 130,000 next year. That’s more than all the people who came over from Cuba during the Mariel boatlift in 1980, which would make this the largest refugee crisis on U.S. soil since then. Suddenly, U.S. Border Patrol agents are finding themselves having to care for thousands of young lives while enforcing the law. To complicate matters, immigrant advocates say the crisis has proven to be fertile ground for human traffickers who are quick to take advantage of the chaos.”

Questions for Consideration

Why are thousands of children fleeing Central American countries? How has the current crisis affected immigration reform efforts of the Obama Administration, and what will it cost U.S. taxpayers? What are the implications, positive and negative, of applying immigration laws meant for adults to unaccompanied children? Has the media coverage of children at the border had an impact on your views and understanding of the immigration “crisis”?

Want to Learn More?



Isabel Anadon is Senior Policy Analyst and Civic Advancement manager with the Latino Policy Forum. Isabel manages an array of issues at the Forum, providing analysis on federal, state, and local immigration policy. She has helped ground leadership development as a central component of the Forum’s work through the Illinois Latino Nonprofit Leadership Academy and in the development of the Promotores de Inmigración (Immigrant Ambassadors) program.




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