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Audio: VOA - Farnsworth on the Child Migrant Crisis 

COA's Eric Farnsworth speaks with Voice of America about the policy implications of the surge of migrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border.

COA's Eric Farnsworth spoke on Voice of America's radio program Encounter about the 57,000 child migrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border since October 2013. The interview considers the factors motivating the spike and the opportunity for policy reforms. "You have to strike a balance here," said Farnsworth. "While we are taking care of them as a compassionate society we do not want to create conditions that will unduly bring in additional populations who frankly might be coming in under false pretenses." But the crisis requires assistance on a national and international level, he added. "There are some basic things that the U.S. and frankly others in the international community can be able to assist with," said Farnsworth. "So that the situation isn't as desperate and desire isn't as acute to get out of those local circumstances."