Central American Child Immigrants Future On Hold Amid Backlog

Today many children who arrived from Central America still have cases churning through the immigration courts and don't know what the outcome will be. Those fleeing gang violence and domestic strife have applied for asylum or the government's program for abandoned children and are waiting for an answer.
Government statistics show More than 57,000 children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras arrived on the border in the last fiscal year, and since then another 18,000. Immigration courts have fast-tracked the cases in a bid to stem a growing backlog.
It's difficult, however, to know how many are winning; so far, roughly 6,200 of the children who arrived since July have been issued deportation orders, mostly for failing to attend court, but as many asylum applications were filed by children between October and March.



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