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Government officials say as many as 60-90,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border from Central America in 2014. With a strong Central American community in the D.C. area, many of these immigrants have made their way here while they wait for hearings before immigration courts. WAMU 88.5 is providing ongoing coverage of how this influx is affecting local communities and schools.

For more information, reporter Armando Trull has put together a list of frequently asked questions about the child migrant crisis.


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LISTEN: Reporter Armando Trull Reflects On Gang Violence In El Salvador

The unaccompanied minors crisis that is straining resources in the D.C. area and across the United States stems from horrific gang violence in Central America. WAMU Senior Reporter Armando Trull talks more about his reporting from El Salvador this week.

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Montgomery County Stops Cooperating With Feds On Immigration Detainers

Montgomery County has ended a long standing practice of cooperating with immigration officials seeking to deport some people in county custody.
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Voices From El Salvador: Hope Endures Amid Despair

Gang violence is a big factor driving undocumented immigrants across the border to cities like D.C., but programs to address the problems that drive that violence in Central America may be bearing fruit.

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Voices From El Salvador: A Civil War's Unhealed Wounds

Much of the violence driving today's youth of El Salvador to migrate to American cities like Washington D.C. is a legacy of the U.S.-sponsored civil war decades ago that tore the Central American country apart.

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How The Immigration Crisis Looks From Two Nations' Capitals

WAMU's Armando Trull discusses his recent reporting trip to El Salvador, where he reports on how gang conditions in Central America are affecting the unaccompanied migrant crisis in the D.C. area.

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Voices From El Salvador: Gang Violence Driving Youth Exodus

Just how bad is the gang violence that has driven thousands of Central American children to flee their homes across the U.S.-Mexico border and into the D.C. area? Armando Trull reports on the crisis from El Salvador.

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Q&A: Investigating The Unaccompanied Minors Crisis At Its Source

As part of WAMU's ongoing coverage of the unaccompanied minors crisis, reporter Armando Trull is on a fact-finding mission to El Salvador. Morning Edition host Matt McCleskey gets updates on his reporting.

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Delaware Schools Struggle To Make Room For Unaccompanied Minors

It's not just the D.C. Metro area that has had to respond to an influx in Central American — Delaware's largest school district is also trying to figure out how to provide these kids the support they need.

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Maryland Legislator Among 145 Arrested At White House Immigration Protest

Maryland State Delegate Ana Sol Gutierrez, who hails from El Salvador, was among those arrested for civil disobedience during an immigration protest at the White House this afternoon.
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Former Head Of INS Weighs In On White House Immigration Policy

Doris Meissner was the head of Immigration and Naturalization Services under President Bill Clinton, and she speaks with Armando Trull about the constraints on the current president as he seeks to handle the immigration crisis.

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