Sunday, August 17, 2014

Private charities in the US do have some capability to house unaccompanied minors

I did a little field trip this Sunday afternoon on the issue of unaccompanied minors from Central America.  I drove out to the little unincorporated town of Bristow (also spelled Bristoe) southwest of Manassas VA, and found the campus of “Youth for Tomorrow.  The entire campus is private property, so it isn’t possible to drive through it, but it looks like there are classroom buildings, dorms and homes.  It looks as though it would have been possible for a number of minors to live there.  There was a story on local station WUSA in July, here. It hasn’t been reported recently if the students are still here and how they are being paid for.

Again, it does sound as if there would eventually be a push to find foster parents for most children still in the US, and that the administration does not want to make public policy based on the presumption of “radical hospitality” of American citizens to minors who enter illegally (or to encourage them to make a dangerous journey north).  

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