The best way to stop the surge in unaccompanied minors across the U.S.-Mexico border is to help the Central American countries the children are coming from, an advocate told Congress on Wednesday.
"The goal should be to strengthen the capacity of governments in these countries so they can protect their citizens," said Michael Shifter, president of the Inter-American Dialogue.
The root causes for the surge in migration out of these three countries includes violence, gang activity and extreme poverty.
"Violence has been steadily increasing in the region, with homicide rates in all three countries among the highest in the world," said Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del.
President Obama recently asked Congress for $3.7 billion to bolster border security, speed up deportations, and deal with the humanitarian crisis in those Central American countries.