U.S. Tripled Deportation Of Unaccompanied Minors
GUATEMALA SAYS THE U.S. HAS IN RECENT MONTHS TRIPLED THE NUMBER OF UNACCOMPANIED MINORS WHO HAVE BEEN DEPORTED BACK TO THE COUNTRY
(CNN) – Guatemala says the United States has in recent months tripled the number of unaccompanied minors who have been deported to the country in comparison to previous years.
A source from Guatemala’s migration agency told CNN the pandemic is likely to blame for this rise in deportations.
The source says over the past few months, minors are detained and almost immediately deported due to fears COVID-19 will further spread.
Guatemalan migration telling CNN nearly 2,500 of these children have been sent back since the start of 2020.
On Wednesday alone, more than 40 unaccompanied minors arrived from Brownsville, Texas after being deported.
The youngest being a 12-year-old boy.
This group of new arrivals is currently under state custody while authorities locate their families.