Child Immigrants can Legally Stay in US for Years

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Thousands of immigrant children are fleeing poverty and violence in Central America and crossing alone into the United States.

They can live in American cities, attend public schools and possibly work in the U.S. for years without consequences.


An Associated Press investigation finds two main reasons.

One is an overburdened and deeply flawed system of immigration courts.

The second is a 2002 law that's intended to protect children's welfare.

And what's driving the dramatic increases in these immigrants?

There's a recognition throughout Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador that children who make the dangerous trip can effectively remain in the U.S. for years before facing even a moderate risk of deportation. is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

Keep it clean, keep it civil, keep it truthful, stay on topic, be responsible, no links, share your knowledge, and please suggest removal of comments that violate these standards.

powered by Disqus
50 North Main Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801 540-433-9191 - Switchboard 540-433- 4028 - Fax 540-433-2700 - News Fax

WSVF Public Inspection File

Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 264171581 -
Gray Television, Inc.