Estimate of unaccompanied children crossing border jumps

Estimate of unaccompanied children crossing border jumps

The Chicago Tribune reports that the situation on the border is even worse than has been previously revealed. The federal government has estimated that 52,000 unaccompanied children — UAC — have illegally crossed the border since October 1 last year. That was off by several thousand.

Senior Obama administration officials told Congress on Wednesday that they were struggling to keep up with the growing influx of young migrants from Central America who are illegally crossing the Southwestern border.

The number of unaccompanied children picked up at the border since Oct. 1 is now 57,000, according to R. Gil Kerlikowske, head of Customs and Border Protection.

The figure is 5,000 more than in mid-June and more than double the number last year at this time. Most of the juveniles are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

We still have a few months in the fiscal year. The number could reach 100,000.

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