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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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As Immigration Case Hits Crucial Step, Activists Push Forward With Agenda

In the D.C. area, thousands of undocumented immigrants are awaiting the outcome of a federal appeals court case. In the meantime, activists are holding clinics to help those families navigate their legal situations.

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D.C. Area's Safety Net For Immigrant Children Is Stretched Thin, Report Says

Thousands of children who fled Central American violence have been relocated to the D.C. area, and this wave of immigration is seriously testing the resources of organizations that help such kids navigate life in the United States.

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Virginia Immigration Population Defies Stereotypes Amidst Debate On Deportation

While President Obama's plan to expand deferred action for undocumented immigrants has been held up in court for several months, experts have noted the economic contribution by Virginia's unusually diverse and education foreign-born population.

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In Maryland, Immigrant Youth Bind Books To Heal Trauma Of Leaving Home

An innovative program in Montgomery County — and a museum exhibit showing off the results — is allowing new Central American immigrants in Maryland to tell the stories of what made them leave their homelands.

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Venezuelan Restaurant In Maryland Serves Up Political Debate Alongside Arepas

Venezuela's turmoil is often part of the conversation at a restaurant in Hyattsville.

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Central American Children Struggle To Adjust To Life In Washington Region

Now that thousands of children have fled Central America for the U.S., those in the Washington region are trying to cope with the upheaval in their lives.

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Dozens Captured In D.C. Area Under Federal Immigration Agency's Sweep

Under the federal Operation Cross Check, more than 50 arrests were made in Virginia, about three dozen in Maryland and a handful in D.C.

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Prince George's County Opening Special Schools For English Language Learners

Prince George's County is opening two new schools this year for the burgeoning population of immigrant students with limited English skills. But some critics question whether these schools are either legal or fair.

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House Conservatives: Homeland Security Bill Is Right Venue For Immigration Fight

Virginia Reps. Dave Brat and Morgan Griffith are among those who want Congress to use the spending legislation to block President Obama's executive actions on immigration.

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D.C. Area Activists Await Outcome Of Legal Battle On Deportation Protections

A federal judge moved to block President Barack Obama's executive action to extend deportation protection to millions of undocumented immigrants Monday, prompting an anxious response from local immigrants and activists.

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