By: Lynn Reaser
Thousands of children are being sent to the United States from Central America in hopes that they can escape violence and poor conditions in their home countries and find safety and a better life here. While many may be sent back, thousands will stay. What will be the long-term impact?
Although there will be additional demands on the social services and communities receiving these children, the real impact will be on the children themselves. The absence of a family structure in the United States will place many of these children at risk. They may have difficulty finishing school and be drawn into gang activity. They may become permanently dependent on government support for food, housing, health care, and other services. Without some major intervention, their offspring could face a similar plight.
The abandonment of these children into the U.S. is a real human tragedy.