Children of the Americas: From Central America to South Florida


Miami Herald Staff Report

Children have arrived in the United States without their parents for decades, but over the past two years the number of unaccompanied minors — primarily from Central America — has become so large, it has been characterized as a humanitarian crisis.

The number is unprecedented — more than 50,000 within the past eight months, and rising quickly.

President Barack Obama has asked Congress to provide almost $4 billion to set up new detention facilities, conduct more aerial surveillance and hire immigration judges and U.S. Border Patrol agents to respond to what he calls “an urgent humanitarian situation.”

The crisis is being felt across the United States, with Miami being one of 10 cities where children are being sent for immigration proceedings as border shelters in the Southwest fill up.

Most of these youths — from toddlers to teens — are largely coming from three countries: El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the Centeral American nation with the highest murder rate in the world and one of the poorest countries in the Western Hemisphere.

Hear the stories of some of these unaccompanied minors in a documentary, Children of the Americas: From Central America to South Florida.

Read more Miami-Dade stories from the Miami Herald

Miami Herald

Join the

The Miami Herald is pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news. Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere on the site or in the newspaper. We encourage lively, open debate on the issues of the day, and ask that you refrain from profanity, hate speech, personal comments and remarks that are off point. Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.

The Miami Herald uses Facebook's commenting system. You need to log in with a Facebook account in order to comment. If you have questions about commenting with your Facebook account, click here.

Have a news tip? You can send it anonymously. Click here to send us your tip - or - consider joining the Public Insight Network and become a source for The Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald.

Hide Comments

This affects comments on all stories.

Cancel OK

  • Marketplace

Today's Circulars

  • Quick Job Search

Enter Keyword(s) Enter City Select a State Select a Category