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Salvadoran prelate: everyone should work together against exploitation of young migrants

Catholic World News - July 15, 2014

Mexico and the US should work with the nations of Central America to stop the flood of children entering the US illegally, said Archbishop José Luis Escobar Alas of San Salvador.

“We all have responsibility in this issue,” said that Salvadoran prelate. He urged Mexican and US leaders “to ensure the rights of children, because it is not right to take advantage of anyone, especially a child, who is innocent,” the Fides news service reports.

The archbishop observed that the sharp increase in the number of children traveling to the US from Central America is a big business, and issued an appeal to the “coyotes” who smuggle immigrants across the US border to stop their exploitation.

Citing unnamed experts, the Fides news service reports that the leading causes for the sudden surge in young migrants are the desires to reunite families and to escape gang violence in their native countries.

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  • Posted by: tfiks7959 - Jul. 15, 2014 6:45 PM ET USA

    Unfortunately, the present U.S. Administration is not interested in stopping the influx and exploitation of these children. On the contrary, there is strong evidence that this administration orchestrated it, beginning last December, if not earlier, using a loophole in immigration law that allows illegal immigrant children from South America to stay in the U.S., but not those from Mexico. The goal is to create more dependency on government, thus increasing government's power. It is despicable.

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