Child Migrant Crisis At The Border


The United States border has seen a surge of unaccompanied minors migrating from Central America and entering the U.S. illegally, often surrendering to federal agents. Dubbed a humanitarian crisis by the Obama administration, the situation ignited a political firestorm.

Fronteras Desk has covered this story from the parking lot of the Greyhound bus station in Tucson, Ariz., to the makeshift family detention center in Artesia, N.M., to an airport in El Salvador where deported women and children were returned.

According the United Nations the majority of children coming into the United States alone are fleeing dangerous conditions in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Nogales Station
Unaccompanied children caught crossing the border are supposed to be transferred to shelters run by the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours. But the government hasn't been able to keep up.
Churches and shelters in El Paso expect to house dozens of immigrant families in the coming days. The immigrants were detained by Border Patrol primarily in South Texas, where apprehensions have risen 74 percent since last year.
Federal officials opened a processing center on the Arizona border over the weekend to temporarily house unaccompanied child migrants.
The federal government will give legal help to scores of kids that cross the United States border illegally.
Gov. Jan Brewer is questioning the federal government for dropping off migrants at Arizona Greyhound bus stations after they were caught in Texas.
The Obama administration announced a plan Monday to enlist FEMA and DOD in an effort to respond to the rising number of unaccompanied children crossing the border.
Smugglers are spreading the word in Central America that women with children can get into the United States. And in a way, that is what's happening.
A surge of Central American families crossing the South Texas border are overwhelming federal facilities there. The effect is starting to impact Arizona.