Immigrant children move to Indiana
How should the United States solve a growing crisis at our border?
Tens of thousands of children are pouring into the U.S. and 245 of those children have been placed with sponsors in Indiana. Those sponsors, according the federal government, are often parents, other relatives or close friends. We found that families here are looking for help as they look for ways reunite themselves with their children.
It is no surprise that some of the children caught crossing the U.S. border are finding their way to Indianapolis. La Plaza, a community organization serving the Latino population, is getting pleas for help from parents, "who know their kids have been abused in the process. Who have been through difficult times," explained Miriam Acevedo Davis. "They are anxious and very concerned for their kids."
The president and CEO of La Plaza says some haven't seen their children for years. Children who are now held in detention centers.
"Maybe in Florida, California, Texas and other places and wanting to hear when they will be reunited with their children," Acevedo Davis said.
Many of the 30,000 unaccompanied children apprehended and moved to detention centers are from Honduras. It's estimated 5,000 Hondurans live in Indianapolis, many of them on the city's far east side. They are now the area's second largest Hispanic population.
Parents often leave children behind as they save money to smuggle them into the U.S. The journey is considered less dangerous than staying home.
"Their coming over here is very much an option and a desirable one despite all the danger," Acevedo Davis said. "Because there is more danger still staying there than there is trying to get here."
Getting children from the detention centers to their new homes is frequently a difficult legal journey.
"We are hopeful," Acevedo Davis said. "For some, it may not turn out so well. For some it is an arduous journey they may not fully complete."
The government Office of Resettlement says those 245 children have been relocated here since January. During that same period of time, about 300 children moved to Illinois, 360 to Ohio and 237 to Kentucky. Ten coastal and southern border states have received more than 23,000 children.