The surge of undocumented children crossing the U.S.-Mexico
border, most from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El
Salvador, has created a full-blown immigration crisis. More than 52,000
youngsters have poured across these borders since last fall. While the number
of children apprehended at the border averaged 6,800 annually between 2004 and
2011, the total jumped to over 13,000 children in 2012 and over 24,000 in 2013.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) estimates that well over 60,000
unaccompanied minors could enter the U.S. Read more