Obama: U.S. To Aid Unaccompanied Children Arriving From Mexico

@AFP
Obama: U.S. To Aid Unaccompanied Children Arriving From Mexico

Washington (AFP) – President Barack Obama on Monday said his administration would provide special assistance to children arriving to the U.S. alone after making the treacherous overland journey from Mexico.

In response to what he called an “urgent humanitarian situation,” Obama ordered federal departments to coordinate relief for the unaccompanied children, including medical care, housing and efforts to reunite them with their parents.

He said the effort would be led by his Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Cecilia Munoz, the top White House domestic policy advisers, said that the number of children apprehended along the border had “increased substantially” over the past month, particularly in Texas.

“These are children from Central American countries, and they are crossing the border alone,” she said.

Munoz said the uptick in the number of children fleeing Central America was the result of “economic conditions in those countries, increase of violence in those countries, as well as desire to be reunited with their families in the U.S.”

She added that in contrast to past years, the Central American children arriving to the US “include more girls than we have seen in previous years, and more children under the age of 13.”

AFP Photo/Jim Watson

Start your day with National Memo Newsletter

Know first.

The opinions that matter. Delivered to your inbox every morning

Don't Ask Alito To Recuse -- Tell Him To Resign

Justice Samuel Alito

The conspiratorial antics of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito, as exposed recently in the national media, have raised the gravest doubt about his bias in matters before the Supreme Court — and provoked demands that he recuse himself from any case concerning former President Donald Trump, the 2020 presidential election or the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Keep reading...Show less
Trump and Biden

Donald Trump and Joe Biden

After President Joe Biden expressed interest in debating presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump ahead of the 2024 election, right-wing media claimed Biden is running another “basement campaign” and his “puppeteers” would never allow any debates because it would be the “kiss of death” to the president's campaign. Those claims have followed years of right-wing and mainstream media fixating on the president’s age and mental acuity.

Keep reading...Show less
{{ post.roar_specific_data.api_data.analytics }}