Orange County Register

CSUF Expert: Lessons from Vietnamese Adoptions Apply to New Wave of Migrant Children

Confronting dispiriting levels of poverty, violence and political chaos, residents of Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala have attempted to find refuge in the United States in recent years. The scale and suddenness of their migration has worried Americans already anxious about the strength of border enforcement and the consequences of undocumented immigration.

However, what has complicated American anxieties and intensified debates about American responsibilities to the foreign-born is that so many of these migrants are children crossing the border unaccompanied by a parent. These boys and girls who ride atop trains, wade through rivers, climb across mountains and wander through deserts risk injury, abuse, theft and even death.

Continue reading Allison Varzally’s article in the Orange County Register, drawing on research the associate professor of history conducted for her latest book, “Children of Reunion: Vietnamese Adoptions and the Politics of Family Migrations.”

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