Research Handbook on Child Migration
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Research Handbook on Child Migration

Edited by Jacqueline Bhabha, Jyothi Kanics and Daniel Senovilla Hernández

The scope and complexity of child migration have only recently emerged as a critical factors in global migration. This volume assembles for the first time a richly interdisciplinary body of work, drawing on contributions from renowned scholars, eminent practitioners and prominent civil society advocates from across the globe and from a wide range of different mobility contexts. Their invaluable pedagogical tools and research documents demonstrate the urgency and breadth of this important new aspect of international human mobility in our global age.
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Chapter 28: Undocumented Central American children in the United States

Susan J. Terrio


This chapter examines the evolving legal apparatus and increased emphasis on enforcement that make the lives of undocumented Central American children in the U.S. both tenuous and unpredictable. Some children were brought to the U.S. unlawfully by parents while others came alone or with smugglers to reunite with family who migrated for work. If apprehended by immigration authorities, they are placed in deportation proceedings and detained until their release to sponsors or removal from the U.S. Others may live in the shadows for years, equating long-term residence with legal status until they apply for a driver’s license or a social security number. Some follow deported family members to countries they left as children or remain in the U.S without their parents.

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