One at a time, Maria Vasquez’s children crossed the treacherous border into the U.S.
They were fleeing violence and poverty in Guatemala and lured to New Jersey with the prospect of getting reunified with their mother in Union County and start a new life.
Two of Maria’s children crossed the frontier all by themselves, alone, and as unaccompanied minors.
The children got caught by U.S. Border Patrol officers, who sent them on to New Jersey, where they soon encountered a new barrier: sign up for public school!
Maria Vasquez’ children are two of the more than 5000 unaccompanied minors from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador that were placed with sponsor families in New Jersey by the federal government since end 2013.
An estimated seventy children are staying in various communities in Monmouth County, but the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement is not reporting counties where under fifty migrant children got resettled, such as Ocean County.