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Rosenbloom- PicTens of thou­sands of unac­com­pa­nied chil­dren from Cen­tral America have ille­gally crossed the U.S. southern boarder in the past nine months, fleeing coun­tries such as El Sal­vador, Hon­duras, and Guatemala to escape poverty and vio­lence. Pres­i­dent Barack Obama has called the issue a “human­i­tarian sit­u­a­tion.” It’s also a sit­u­a­tion that has major polit­ical impli­ca­tions ahead of the U.S. midterm elec­tions this fall. Here, Rachel Rosen­bloom, an immi­gra­tion policy expert and asso­ciate pro­fessor of law at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity, explains the cause of this surge and what the fed­eral government’s next step should be.