Vox: “The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster”

The process Congress wants to use for child migrants is a disaster

Updated by on July 15, 2014, 9:00 a.m. ET

A Mexican child looks through the border fence. John Moore/Getty

Congress and the Obama administration are scrambling to respond to the humanitarian crisis of 57,000 unaccompanied Central American children who’ve crossed the border into the US this year.

One policy change that Republicans are expected to demand (in order to give the Obama administration the $3.7 billion in emergency funding it’s asked for) has actually gotten the support of members of Congress from both parties, and encouraging hints from the White House. That change: updating a 2008 law so that Central American children could be returned to their home countries as quickly as Mexican children are today.

But a secret UN report obtained by Vox paints a very disturbing picture: the current process is totally failing to protect Mexican children from harm. Children who have reason to fear for their lives, or who are victims of human trafficking, are almost certainly being sent back into danger.

And now Congress wants to use the process that’s already failing to identify which Mexican children are being victimized, and expand it to Central American children fleeing the most dangerous places on earth.

Here’s what you need to know…