Children at the Border: Who they are, why they are coming, and what Minnesotans can do to help

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On-air date: 
Sun, 08/03/2014
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Over the past several months, thousands of children have arrived at the Mexican-U.S. border, unaccompanied by adults and without immigration papers.  This is nothing new — young refugees from El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatamala, in particular, have been showing up at the border since 2004.  The sheer scale of this most recent exodus, however, has sparked a political debate in Congress and across the nation — including in Minnesota.

On this Monday’s program Truth to Tell co-hosts Siobahn Kierans and Tom O’Connell will explore the many dimensions of this border crises. Who are these children, anyway? Are they illegal immigrants? Refugees?  How are they being cared for at the border? What fate awaits them if they are deported?  And finally, here on the northern border, what can Minnesotans do to help?

To help us sort out these and other questions, Truth toTell has assembled an impressive group of in-studio guests:

Deepinder Singh Mayell, director of refugee and Immigration advocacy, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

Michelle Garnett Mackenzie, director of advocacy, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

Keith Olstad, Twin Cities–based Lutheran minister, recently returned from El Salvador, where he participated in broad-based discussions on the issue of unaccompanied youth migration to the U.S.

Andrea Moerer, faculty, Latin American History and Contemporary Issues, Hamline University

On-air guests: 

 Deepinder Singh Mayell, director of refugee and Immigration advocacy, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

 

 

 Michelle Garnett Mackenzie, director of advocacy, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights

 

 

 Keith Olstad, Twin Cities–based Lutheran minister, recently returned from El Salvador, where he participated in broad-based discussions on the issue of unaccompanied youth migration to the U.S.

 

 Andrea Moerer, faculty, Latin American History and Contemporary Issues, Hamline University