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One path to green card: Cite child abuse

MIAMI Fredy claimed his parents were unfit to raise him. Violent, organized youth gangs were terrorizing the boy's neighborhood, he said, and his parents "ignored his pleas for help and protection." Fredy sought shelter and security in a Miami courtroom, where he asked a judge to declare him a ward of the state. His parents consented from their home in a Honduran village. A label mostly scorned and feared by mothers and fathers in the United States, the designation "offending parent" is being embraced and sought by parents thousands of miles away. Fredy is among a rapidly growing number of children who entered the country without their parents and without...