Sr. Mary Jo Toll, Chair of the NGO Committee on Migration at the United Nations, says “the UN is an essential forum for finding solutions to unaccompanied child migration because national politics make long-term solutions difficult to achieve in the United States. Immigration advocates are aware of increasing numbers of young people traveling alone seeking asylum status. Numbers of minor children crossing the US/Mexico border from Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Mexico have risen to 60,000 so far in 2014.
NGOs and Church groups assist these young persons with basic shelter and social needs and register them for school. Being able to attend classes had been out of the question for children afraid to leave their houses for fear of gangs. A great majority of these children are fleeing countries among the most violent in the world; grounds for asylum exist and the children require legal representation.”
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