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PODCAST: Surge in Apprehension of Unaccompanied Minors Migrating to U.S.

Richard Ryscavage, S.J.

BY CHRIS KERRJune 26, 2014

Over the past few weeks we have seen media attention skyrocket on the increase of unaccompanied minors entering the U.S.  The Obama administration estimates about 60,000 “unaccompanied minors” – children under 18 – will enter the United States illegally this year and projects that number to grow to nearly 130,000 next year.

Jesuit Father Richard Ryscavage offers perspectives from his years of experience working with refugees and migrants via humanitarian outreach NGO’s and through academic research. Fr. Syscavage is a professor of Sociology and Anthropology and Director of the Center for Faith and Public Life at Fairfield University.  Fr. Ryscavage has also served as the national director of Jesuit Refugee Service USA and executive director of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Office of Migration and Refugee Services.

He is also a member of the Federal government’s Interagency Task Force on Unaccompanied Children, which includes members of the U.S. State Dept., DHS, Justice, HHS and others.


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