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dc.contributor.advisorBerger, Marcos T.
dc.contributor.authorCarattini, David
dc.date16-Jun
dc.date.accessioned2016-08-02T19:34:37Z
dc.date.available2016-08-02T19:34:37Z
dc.date.issued2016-06
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10945/49426
dc.descriptionApproved for public release; distribution is unlimiteden_US
dc.description.abstractIn the United States, the issue of immigration, particularly illegal immigration, has had significant implications for national security, the political landscape, culture, and the U.S. economy. Current U.S. regulations and enforcement practices are clearly ineffective to meet the challenges surrounding the ending or containment of illegal immigration. Meanwhile, the issue of illegal immigration attracts even more attention and demonstrates the United States' apparent inability to deal effectively with the problem. In 2011, a surge of unaccompanied children (under age 18) coming illegally from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras were apprehended by U.S. immigration agencies at the U.S.ÐMexico border. This thesis takes a two-part approach to focus on the ongoing rise in unaccompanied children, starting with a brief explanation of why children leave their home countries and how they get to the U.S.ÐMexico border, following with the United States' reaction to the recent surge in unaccompanied children. We ask if the United States is doing enough to address the problem of rising numbers of unaccompanied children in the context of changes and continuities in the Department of Homeland Security's wider approach to illegal immigration. The solution requires policy reform that properly addresses socio-economic and security conditions in the region. This is done in an effort to produce a viable set of policy recommendations that lay out why the United States needs to do more, and what it needs to do in order to have an impact on the issue of unaccompanied children specifically and illegal immigration more generally.en_US
dc.description.urihttp://archive.org/details/kidstborderunacc1094549426
dc.publisherMonterey, California: Naval Postgraduate Schoolen_US
dc.rightsThis publication is a work of the U.S. Government as defined in Title 17, United States Code, Section 101. Copyright protection is not available for this work in the United States.en_US
dc.titleKids at the border: unaccompanied child migration from the Northern Triangle and Mexicoen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
dc.contributor.secondreaderBurks, Robert E.
dc.contributor.departmentDefense Analysis (DA)
dc.subject.authorUnaccompanied child migrationen_US
dc.subject.authorNorthern Triangleen_US
dc.subject.authorMexicoen_US
dc.subject.authorDepartment of Homeland Securityen_US
dc.subject.authorBorder Patrolen_US
dc.subject.authorCustoms and Border Protectionen_US
dc.subject.authorTOPSISen_US
dc.subject.authortransnational criminal organization (TCO)en_US
dc.subject.authorU.S.ÐMexico borderen_US
dc.subject.authorunaccompanied alien children (UAC)en_US
dc.description.serviceMajor, United States Armyen_US
etd.thesisdegree.nameMaster of Science in Information Strategy and Political Warfareen_US
etd.thesisdegree.levelMastersen_US
etd.thesisdegree.disciplineInformation Strategy and Political Warfareen_US
etd.thesisdegree.grantorNaval Postgraduate Schoolen_US


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