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Sunday
Jul202014

Housing Crisis for Unaccompanied Minors - Article in The New Republic

My article on the challenge of housing the influx of unaccompanied minors, up at The New Republic: "FEMA is Seeking Empty Big-Box Stores to House Migrant Children."

Because the number of children from Central America recently arriving without parents or immigration papers has far surpassed predictions (doubling each year since 2011), the pre-existing detention shelters, mostly along the southern border, are packed to the gills: There is not nearly enough space for the more than 52,000 children who have arrived since October. As the government figures out what to do with all of these children, horrifying photos of unsanitary, unsafe, and inhumane conditions in the cramped facilities have surfaced. In a coordinated effort between FEMA and the Department of Health and Human Services, the government is scrambling to find adequate facilities wherever it can. Read More

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