HOUSTON, TX – The organization Children at Risk says more than 47,000 kids were detained at the border between last October and May. That’s a 92% spike in one year.
A Houston coalition is trying to get word out that these kids — fleeing from their homes in Central America due to abuse, neglect and abandonment — need to be protected. They want the public to know about the issue, and visas to be easier to retrieve.
“Special immigrant juvenile visa, that’s what is available to these minors entering the country… that is exactly what my legislation addresses — is clarifying that for the judges,” says Texas State Representative Ana Hernandez.
There is no quick fix for the immigration debate, but Dr. Bob Sanborn, President and CEO of Children at Risk says this issue is simple: “In many ways there are immigration issues here, but it’s really a child safety issue.”