Although fewer than 100,000 child refugees entered the United States during 2015, one research group predicts that more than 127,000 child refugees will enter the U.S. by the close of 2016. However, only about 37,500 of these children will actually become refugees, leaving another 90,000 or so undocumented child immigrants scattered across the U.S. Many of these children are unaccompanied, leaving them with even more difficulties. The influx of child immigrants started back in 2014, when tens of thousands of women and children fled the violence of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. Despite the federal government taking enhanced security measures at the borders, this immigration trend continued. While child immigrants historically have come from Latin America, current research shows that more immigrant children will come from Syria, Iraq, Burma, and Somalia, as terrorist attacks continue to abound in those countries. In fact, 60% of the Syrian immigrants admitted to the U.S. so far this year are children. Furthermore, these numbers do not even include the estimated one million unauthorized immigrant children who already are living in the U.S. Sorting out the future of these immigrant children and getting them the services that they need, including legal help, is difficult, at best. While a wide array of agencies exist in different areas of the country to help meet these needs, it is not always so easy to connect service providers with the unauthorized immigrant children who perhaps need the help most. Our State Department previously vowed to protect the rights of immigrant children, but there has been little progress in this area to date. Immigrant children facing deportation for their unauthorized presence in the U.S. have little chance of successfully defending themselves against deportation without the help of an immigration lawyer. As you can see from the statistics above, attaining legal refugee status in the U.S. is not always an easy undertaking. As a result, contacting an experienced California immigration attorney as quickly as possible should be your first step. By immediately taking measures to defend yourself against deportation, you have a better chance of obtaining refugee status and avoiding removal from the U.S. Call Landerholm Immigration, A.P.C., at (510) 756-4468 to set up an appointment and learn how we can help with your claim to refugee status.