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San Diego Free Press
December 4, 2014

Two Guatemalan Teens Explain Why They Traveled 2500 Miles, Without Their Parents, To America
By By Esther Yu-His Lee / ThinkProgress

President Obama’s latest executive action on deportation relief excludes migrants like unaccompanied children who came into the country after January 1, 2014. The president affirmed in the past that unaccompanied children would be sent back to their countries and acknowledged that the uptick in border crossers undermined public support for an immigration overhaul. Even lawmakers came to an impasse, with the House passing a supplemental bill in August that sought to expedite the deportation of such kids. And one recent startling Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) report found that only one-third of unaccompanied children among the 63,721 cases currently pending in immigration court have legal representation.

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