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Babies at the Border
  1. Over the past few months, the number of unaccompanied minors crossing the border illegally into the U.S. from Mexico and Central America has skyrocketed. Many of them are escaping violence and poverty back home. Who does the person in the cartoon represent?
  2. Why does he have diapers, a bottle, and other items associated with babies?
  3. What point do you think the cartoonist is trying to make? How does he use humor and irony to convey his ideas?
  4. Many of the undocumented minors who are caught are placed in overcrowded detention centers until an immigration judge can hear their case. Some Americans think these facilities are inappropriate for children. What obligation, if any, does the government have to care for unaccompanied minors who enter the U.S. illegally?
  5. President Obama recently asked Congress to make it easier to return undocumented minors to their home countries. Do you think the U.S. should deport undocumented minors? Why or why not?