In the summer of 2014, unaccompanied minors and families fleeing gang violence and poverty in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras arrived in record numbers at the southern border of the United States. Following efforts by the Obama administration to manage the situation, there was a decline in arrivals in 2015. However, current Customs and Border Protection statistics show that during the fall and winter of 2015, there was another dramatic uptick of children and families from Central America arriving at the border.
The United States has recently stepped up interior enforcement operations to remove some of these migrants and announced new efforts with countries in the region and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to manage the situation. An expert panel offered its perspective and insights on causes of the most recent surge and how the United States and the international community can best respond.
Former Secretary, Department of Homeland Security
International Migration Policy Director, Center for Migration Studies
Minister for Humanitarian Affairs, Embassy of Honduras
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Deputy Assistant Secretary for Central America and the Caribbean, Department of State
Alicia A. Caldwell
Reporter, Associated Press