Honduran Kendri Hernandez, 3, sits on a bed as he plays with toys inside a Catholic migrant shelter in San Luis Potosi, June 26, 2014. (REUTERS/Carlos Jasso)

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What Brookings Scholars Are Saying about the Surge of Unaccompanied Children at the U.S. Border

July 11, 2014, Fred Dews and Elina Saxena

"The fate of 47,000 children, most of them from Central America and the prospect of 43,000 more children crossing the Texan border illegally by the end of 2014 poses a serious challenge to the laws of the United States and our humanitarian values," writes Brookings Fellow Diana Villiers Negroponte in her recent primer on the influx of thousands of Central American children across U.S. borders. We should, she says, pursue policies that "balance our respect for immigration laws and due process with humanitarian values which ensure that the child will be cared for both in the United States and, when appropriate, upon return to the sending country."

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