Dangerous Passage: Central America in Crisis and the Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors, Hearing Before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, One Hundred Thirteenth Congress, Second Session, July 17, 2014 [open pdf - 803KB]
This testimony compilation is from the July 17, 2014 hearing, "Dangerous Passage: Central America in Crisis and the Exodus of Unaccompanied Minors," before the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. From the testimony of Thomas Shannonon: "We are facing an acute crisis on our southern border, as tens of thousands of children leave Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador to travel through Mexico to the United States. Driven by a mixture of motives and circumstances, these children are seeking reunification with their parents, better life opportunities, and, in some cases, safety from violence and criminal gang activity. The human drama of this migration is heightened by the nefarious role of human smugglers. Smuggling networks exploit these children and their parents, preying on their desperation and hope, while exposing the children to grave dangers, abuse, and sometimes injury and death along a journey of more than one thousand miles." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: Thomas Shannon, Jr., Bruce Swartz, Sonia Nazario, Cynthia Arnson, and Stephen Johnson.
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