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  • What’s behind surge in unaccompanied minors crossing southern U.S. border?

    Photo of Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law.

    The surge in unaccompanied children seeking refuge across the U.S. border can be attributed to poverty, natural disasters and the rise of gang recruitment in their home countries. But the biggest factor is that their countries of origin – Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico – are effectively as violent as war zones, says Lauren R. Aronson, an associate clinical professor of law and the director of the Immigration Law Clinic at the University of Illinois College of Law.

    Photo by L. Brian Stauffer

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  • Editor’s note:  To contact Lauren R. Aronson, call 217-244-9494; email laronson@illinois.edu.