A statistical reality check on kids crossing the border



A recent surge in Central American kids crossing the border has sparked politically-tinged discord over how to respond to children’s pleas to remain in the United States. The debate has been marked by partisan disagreements over what’s really causing young people to leave their countries and whether the U.S. asylum system is properly handling their requests for refuge.   

These are a few of the most accurate and illuminating numbers that emerged from the Center’s recent reporting on child asylum applications and the legal process.