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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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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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Region Sees Influx Of Undocumented Immigrant Children

As of last month, nearly 6,000 undocumented Central American children had been released into the custody of relatives in Virginia, Maryland and the District. Of those, 70 percent have come to the area.
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Nearly 1,100 New Central American Students Join D.C. Area Schools

Schools across the D.C. area are returning to the classroom this week, and hundreds of unaccompanied minors will be counted among their ranks, bringing their own unique challenges to school systems.

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Deported From U.S., Honduran Immigrants Return To Death And Terror

"We have been warning policy makers in the administration about exactly this," says immigration attorney Sheena Wadhawan. "To expedite removal is to deny due process, and to deport these children back to the conditions from which they're running means certain death."
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Obama Advisor: Only Congress Can Permanently Resolve Immigration Problem

In an exclusive interview with WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull, director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Cecilia Muñoz speaks about the ongoing immigration crisis and what the administration has done and Congress needs to do to help resolve it.
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Obama Prepares Solutions To Border Crisis, Though Neither Side Will Be Happy

Before the end of the summer, President Barack Obama is expected to announce major changes in how some undocumented immigrants who face deportation will be treated.
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Single Mothers Join Wave Of Central American Immigrants Arriving In D.C. Area

The crisis in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border has been well-documented, but large numbers of single mothers and their young children have been making their way to D.C. from Central America as well.

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