The U.S. Census found that in 2011, New Jersey has a 6% rate of illegal immigrants. Thousands of unaccompanied children have been crossing the Mexican border recently. The large numbers of children are fleeing from their native countries such as, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, to escape poverty and violence. Waves of illegal immigrant children has been an alarming issue nationally, and especially in South Jersey.
The Obama Administration has requested $3.7 billion in emergency funds to work on increasing border patrols and surveillance and 40 additional teams of immigrant judges. The rest of the funds will go towards legal services and care for these children while a decision is made on refuging or sending them back to their homes.
Rutgers School of Law-Camden Professor Joanne Gottesman wants the state to focus on immigration as a whole rather than just the children.
Children who are leaving their homes to come to America alone displays the fact that these children are scared from their homes and want to have a better future, and unfortunately, their countries probably won’t provide that for them. While it may be an issue that thousands of immigrant children are coming into the United States illegally, there is an even bigger issue in South and Central America. Despite the increased security on borders, children will still be fleeing their homelands for America because there are still better opportunities here. In order to really fix the issue, there should be some new foreign policies and reforms to try to put a stop to violence and poverty.
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"N.J. Illegal Immigration Level Holds Steady." NJ.com. The Associated Press, 1 Feb. 2011. Web. 30 July 2014.