Surge in kids crossing border alone strains patrol
WASHINGTON - A U.S. Border Patrol official says as many as 90,000 immigrant children could be caught trying to cross the border by themselves this year.
That would be more than three times the number of children caught at the border last year.
In a draft memorandum reviewed by The Associated Press, Deputy Chief Ronald Vitiello says that Homeland Security's Office of Immigration Statistics predicts that as many as 142,000 children traveling alone could be found at the border next year, and the increase will continue to strain Border Patrol resources.
In the past eight months, about 47,000 unaccompanied children have been apprehended along the border.