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September 3, 2014

Humanitarian approach to border crisis needed
By By Eloy Yndigoyen

The United States has been put in an especially difficult position given the fact that the country needs to balance its outdated illegal immigration policies with the fact that children aged 5 to 17 are willing to risk their lives to leave their homes for a better life. The media has shed negative light on the response from communities and towns that are being directly impacted by migrant children and the need to house them. In July, protestors in Murrieta, California even went so far as to create a human blockade and stop three busloads of children who were headed to an immigration Border Patrol station for processing. In a desperate effort to pick up last-minute voter support ahead of his primary, Arizona Speaker of the House Andy Tobin voiced his concerns on the undocumented children from Central America and their ability to infect Americans with Ebola. No case of the Ebola outbreak has been reported to originate outside of Africa. This type of behavior is not what this country was founded on. The president and local agencies do, however, have to deal with setbacks. The average time for a case in immigration court is roughly 280 days, according to a 2010 Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report.

Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, Syracuse University
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