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Asylum-seeking children need an alternative to the dangerous journey from Central America to the US

The Department of State has stopped accepting applications for the Central American Minors (CAM) Refugee Program.

President Barack Obama established this program to provideunaccompanied alien children (UAC) from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras (the Northern Triangle countries) with “a safe, legal, and orderly alternative to the dangerous journey” many of them were making to apply for asylum in the United States.

A UNICEF Child Alert entitled, “Broken Dreams,” describes the dangers of that journey.

The children are vulnerable to human traffickers. Many of the girls reportedly end up being forced into prostitution. Many are victims of sexual violence. Estimates of the number of kidnappings vary from hundreds to thousands a year. And hundreds of migrants die each when they reach the harsh environment along the Mexico-U.S. border.

It is heart-rending to think of these children – most of them teenagers, but some even younger – making the grueling and extremely dangerous journey in search of safety and a better life,” said UNICEF’s Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth.

Read more at http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...order-crossing

Published originally on The Hill.

About the author. Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.