HRW: US Surge in Detention of Migrant Children

Congress Should Protect, Not Punish, Unaccompanied Children

“(Washington, DC) – The United States government’s policy of detaining unaccompanied migrant children, some for long periods, and providing inadequate processing puts them in harm’s way. On June 24, 2014, the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security held a hearing on unaccompanied migrant children – children traveling without parents or guardians. On June 25, the House Judiciary Committee will also hold a hearing on the issue.

The US government predicts that 90,000 unaccompanied migrant children will cross the US-Mexico border in fiscal year 2014, more than 10 times the number who crossed in 2011. Thousands more children have crossed with a parent, also an increase from previous years.”