What becomes of illegal unaccompanied children from central america? 2,4,6 years later?

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Who are the “unaccompanied alien children (UACs) ” in California?

The accompanying image is far different from the typical picture of “unaccompanied alien children (UACs).

Most are young men ages 15-17 who flee from central america. Here’s the statistics for California:

95% of the unaccompanied children illegally entering the USA come from central america, the most (45%) from Guatamala in 2017.  Two thirds (68%) are male and 70% are age 15 – 17.  In 2017,

In  California, in 2017  6,252 UAC’s (unaccompanied alien children) were released to sponsors.

Information about the process:

When a child who is not accompanied by a parent or legal guardian is apprehended by immigration authorities, the child is transferred to the care and custody of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR). Federal law requires that ORR feed, shelter, and provide medical care for unaccompanied alien children until it is able to release them to safe settings with sponsors (usually family members), while they await immigration proceedings. These sponsors live in many states.

“Sponsors are adults who are suitable to provide for the child’s physical and mental well-being and have not engaged in any activity that would indicate a potential risk to the child. All sponsors must pass a background check. The sponsor must agree to ensure the child’s presence at all future immigration proceedings. They also must agree to ensure the minor reports to ICE for removal from the United States if an immigration judge issues a removal order or voluntary departure order.


Aptos Psychologist:   So what happens to these unaccompanied alien children as the become older?  Do these “unaccompanied alien children” get sucked into the “gang culture”?

The Arizona statistics are not encouraging:  roughly half of DACA youth  are functionally illeterate in English  and expected that they will use Food Stamps to make ends meet.

Information on the Arizona statistics for DACA:

We calculate shares of the prison population based on the age at which the criminal entered prison. So undocumented immigrants between 15 and 35 make up 2.27% of the total population and 7.94% of convicts. While the legal population between 15 and 35 represents 26.7% of the total population, they account for just 54.7% of the legal population in prison. Young undocumented immigrants make up a 71% greater share of their group’s share of the prison population relative to their group’s share of the general population than the same ratio for legal residents. . . .

Unfortunately, if the goal of DACA is to give citizenship to a particularly law-abiding group of undocumented immigrants, it is accomplishing the opposite of what was intended. As Table 8 in the paper shows, DACA age eligible undocumented immigrants are 250 percent more likely to be convicted of crimes than their share of the population. Those too old for DACA status are convicted at relatively low rates (45.7 percent more than their share of the Arizona population).


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