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Saturday July 19, 2014

Activists Head to Central America to Help Stop Child Migrants

Activists Head to Central America to Help Stop Child Migrants

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The Colorado chapter of the Evangelical Immigration Table announced Friday that a group of experts flew to Central America to educate families about the dangers of sending unaccompanied children to the United States.

“Besides helping to meet the needs of unaccompanied children on the border, we must send people to Central American countries to inform the population about why they must not send their youngsters on such a dangerous journey,” Michelle Warren, an EIT coordinator in Colorado, told Efe.

“Dr. Danny Carroll, an EIT member and teacher at the Central American Theological Seminary in Guatemala, recently traveled to that country to work with the media of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to spread that message,” she said.

The task of informing the people of Central America about the challenges that face children traveling alone to the United States is “frustrating and difficult,” Carroll said.

“We’ve done a couple of radio interviews, a short interview for television and a half-hour presentation at a breakfast about the current immigration crisis in the United States. It’s a big story here. It’s interesting to hear what they have to say on the subject from their point of view,” Carroll told Efe.

He said that he is working in Guatemala with experts from other organizations, such as World Vision, to coordinate their activities with the government as well as their aid for children repatriated from the United States.

But besides those projects in Central America, “we have to work together to do something about this humanitarian crisis on our border,” Warren said.

In Colorado, EIT is working to provide the necessary aid for children being held in centers for undocumented minors near the border, Warren said.

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