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When the Going Gets Tough, the Tough Get Going: The Case of Gang Recruits Seeking Asylum in the United States

43 Rutgers L. Rec. 1 (2015) | WestLaw | LexisNexis | PDF

More than 57,000 unaccompanied minors have crossed the United States border since January 2014. At risk youth flee gang violence in their home country. They come to the United States hoping that the government will consider resistance to joining gangs as grounds for asylum, and allow them to stay. For example, seventeen-year-old Ken is an undocumented immigrant from Honduras who has lived in the United States for two years but has recently been issued an order of deportation.

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