Why migrant children cross the U.S.-Mexico border alone

Undocumented children in an Arizona facility
Undocumented children in an Arizona facility.
Ross D. Franklin | AP

A record breaking number of migrant children and teenagers have crossed the U.S.-Mexico border this year, with nearly 19,000 unaccompanied minors taken into custody in March 2021, the highest number on record, breaking previous highs set in 2014 and 2019.

As in years before, many children make the perilous journey without their parents only to face an uncertain future.

Why they do it is complicated. 

Tuesday, host Kerri Miller talked with an investigative reporter and migrant advocate about the circumstances driving migration north and the risks migrant children encounter along the way.


To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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