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Government officials say tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors have crossed over the U.S.-Mexico border from Central American since 2014. The D.C. region's strong Central American community grew by at least 7,000 children last year and this year, and experts estimate that the metro D.C. region will absorb between 2,000 to 4,000 more, stretching local resources.

Immigration reporter Armando Trull explored the roots of the crisis in his series Voices From El Salvador.

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Maryland Bill Would Protect The Undocumented From Extortion

A bill working its way through the Maryland House of Delegates would make it illegal to extort someone on the basis of their immigration status.

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ICE Raids Sow Fear Among Central Americans In The D.C. Area

What happens after federal immigration enforcement agents raid a local apartment building? WAMU 88.5's Armando Trull talks to residents and activists about the effects of recent ICE activity.

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D.C. Region May Not Be Prepared For Expected Surge Of Migrant Youth

Authorities in the Washington, D.C., region are worried about a new influx of unaccompanied minors from Central America as thousands of young people cross the Mexican border to enter the U.S.
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Divided On Arrival: Even In Diverse Schools, New Immigrants Face Bullying

Immigrant students face a number of hardships in reaching the U.S., but some Montgomery County schools are finding that tough challenges are awaiting these youths, too.

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Noncitizens Voting In School Board Elections? Maryland County Could See It

Immigrants who are not U.S. citizens would be allowed to vote for school board in Montgomery County under a proposal that needs statewide approval — and has some critics asking if it would be too complicated to implement.

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As Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants Gain Traction, Policy Makers Look To States Like Maryland

More than 900,000 limited licenses have been issued to undocumented immigrants in the U.S. — and as more states craft policies, they are looking to states like Maryland for precedents that work.

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Violence Against Women Driving Central American Refugee Crisis, Says UN Report

The United Nations has released a new report about violence in Central America, that focuses on how women have become targets of violence by organization transnational and criminal groups.

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Religious Community Responds As Violence Escalates In El Salvador

Church leaders in El Salvador, and in D.C.'s Salvadoran community, are wrestling with how to stop the violence that has made the Central American nation among the deadliest in the world.

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DREAMer Life In the Spotlight At Greater Washington Immigration Film Festival

Young undocumented DREAMers helped change the immigration debate in the United States. A new film chronicling DREAMers in the D.C. area is one of more than two dozen films in the second annual Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest.
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From Baghdad To Baltimore: Rebuilding Life As A Refugee

In response to the refugee crisis in the Middle East and North Africa, the U.S. government recently announced it will take in 100,000 refugees a year by 2017. We meet a man who's among the 10,000 refugees who've come to Baltimore in recent years.