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Political Science and International Relations

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Increased Numbers of Unaccompanied Minors Attempting to Cross U.S.-Mexico Border

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Hispanically Speaking News -- The number of undocumented minors attempting the dangerous trek across the U.S.-Mexico border alone has risen, experts gathered at the University of San Diego’s “Children at the Border” forum said.

The director of USD’s Trans-Border Institute, David Shirk, who organized the forum, told Efe immigration patterns have changed over the past 20 years for reasons such as the expansion of the metal wall on a portion of the frontier in 1994 and tighter border protection following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. (Full Story)

David Shirk, PhD, is an associate professor in USD's Department of Political Science and International Relations.

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