(Lucas : Indeed this is worrying as it is food for child traffickers for misuse in child labor and sexual abuse of children by paedophile rings.)
Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants under the age of 18 cross into the United States alone every year, a growing number that puts extra pressure on American lawmakers searching for an answer on how to reform immigration policy.
The US Conference of Catholic Bishops released a report Tuesday estimating that 60,000 minors will enter the US from Central America without adult supervision by the end of 2014. The fact that less than 25,000 unaccompanied minors traveled into the US in 2013 and under 6,000 in 2004 is a stark reminder of the violence throughout Mexico and elsewhere in Central America that seems to be behind the swell in arrivals to the US.
The Bishops group study, first obtained by the Wall Street Journal, cited a massive uptick in the number of stops at the US-Mexico border, which “has seen an unprecedented increase in the number of unaccompanied migrating children” since 2011.