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WASHINGTON, DC - Recent raids by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials have had a chilling effect on the education of recently arrived children – including those seeking asylum from the violence in Central America – according to a report published today by Georgetown University Law School's Human Rights Institute (HRI) and the Women’s Refugee Commission.
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During the summer of 2014 the U.S. experienced an influx of unaccompanied children as well as other family members family members who came to the US-Mexico border from Central America, mainly from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras.
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Earlier this month eight Jesuit university and college presidents joined a forty-seven other Catholic higher education leaders in showing their support for the protection and dignity of unaccompanied children who have come to the US-Mexico border seeking refuge. In a public letter the presidents pledged their support of "activities designed to raise awareness and understanding of refugee issues among our students and the broader communities" that their schools serve.