A year on, children caught on border struggle to stay, adapt

Jul 4, 2015 11:49 AM by News Staff

LOS ANGELES (AP) - At 1-year-old, a wide-eyed, restless Joshua Tinoco faces the prospect of deportation to Honduras. He is one of tens of thousands of unaccompanied children who arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border last year.

While his teenage mother has been allowed to stay and seek a green card under a program for abused and abandoned children, Joshua's lawyer says he has been classified as an enforcement priority by government lawyers.

The boy's case is one of many churning through the immigration courts since Central American children began arriving in record numbers on the border. Most still don't know the outcomes of their cases.

Immigrant advocates say many are bona fide asylum seekers. Border enforcement supporters say few of those handed deportation orders will be sent home because of the political backlash.

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