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How Churches Can Respond to the Unaccompanied Children Crisis

Five things we can do to make a difference for vulnerable children.
How Churches Can Respond to the Unaccompanied Children Crisis
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Two girls watch a World Cup match in the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Nogales Placement Center in Brownsville, Texas.

What can churches do to respond to the unaccompanied children immigration crisis at the U.S./Mexico border? Here are five practical ways forward from Matthew Soerens, the Field Director for the Evangelical Immigration Table and the U.S. Church Training Specialist at World Relief. – Paul

In the past several months, tens of thousands of children and teenagers have arrived at the U.S./Mexico border unaccompanied, most of them coming from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. Many have fled the horrific levels of violence in these Central American countries, much of it perpetrated with impunity by criminal gangs. Many have been recruited by human smuggling operations, which prey upon these young people's vulnerability. Many already have parents or other family members in the United States with whom they hope to be reunited. Whatever the factors that inform their decision to leave—and despite the tragedy that some die along the perilous journey across Mexico, which many undertake ...

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