In this past year alone, there has been a high increase in numbers of immigrant children who have fled their homes in Central American countries to come to the United States. Georgia has been ranked number nine in the country for the list of destinations of these unaccompanied minors. Texas ranks in at number one with a total of 5,280; New York 4,244; California 3,909; Florida 3,809; Virginia 2,856; Maryland 2,804; New Jersey 1,877, and North Carolina 1,429.
Thousands of these Central American children and teenagers have emerged from across the entire southern border often evading poverty and violence in their home countries. Many of them making the trip to the U.S. alone. Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador are among the poorest countries in Central America.
In 2008, former President George W. Bush signed an anti-trafficking law that prevents the government from deporting the Central American children immediately. As an alternative, the government is required to assist the children by feeding, sheltering, and providing them with medical attention until they can be reunited with their relatives or sponsors. The children will still go through deportation proceedings in the federal immigration courts in Georgia and other states where they are still able to pursue relief to stay in the U.S.