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Will Deporting Central American Kids Faster Keep Them From Coming?

KPBS -- Lawmakers think speeding up deportations for Central American children who cross the border illegally without an adult will help stanch the flow that has brought more than 40,000 of them here since last October.

Southern California Republican Congressmen Duncan Hunter, Darrell Issa and Ken Calvert recently introduced a bill that would allow the government to do that. (Other legislators are planning similar legislation.)

Under current law, the U.S. can deport Mexican children who crossed the border illegally much faster than children who are from countries that don’t share a border with us.

In a statement, Issa said: “By promptly returning them home to their loved ones it sends a clear message that will discourage other children from making this dangerous trip.”

But some experts have doubts.

“They’ll come back,” Ev Meade, director of the University of San Diego’s Trans-Border Institute, said. (Full Story

Contact:

Melissa Wagoner
mwagoner@sandiego.edu
(619) 260-4659