Number of unaccompanied minors crossing into U.S. tops 60,000

Congressman Cuellar releases photos showing CBP detention facility.

The office of Texas Congressman Henry Cuellar released this photo showing crowding at a Customs and Border Protection detention facility at an undisclosed location in South Texas. It was taken in late May or early June of 2014.

(CNN) — The number of unaccompanied minor immigrants who have crossed into the United States has officially surpassed the 60,000 expected in the Obama administration’s initial estimates, according to Department of Homeland Security data.

Internal DHS figures show the number for the fiscal year, which ends in October, stands at more than 62,000 as of the end of last week, according to a U.S. official.

The child-immigrant crisis was at the center of the roiling political fight in recent days. The Republican-controlled House shelved and then, late Friday night, passed legislation to force the Obama administration to more quickly deport the undocumented immigrants. The bill has no realistic chance of becoming law.

The administration has since produced new estimates of up to 90,000 unaccompanied minors by year’s end. The vast majority are from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.

While the administration says the number of unaccompanied minor immigrants appear to be slowing recently, this year’s figure already is significantly higher than the 38,293 of the previous two fiscal years combined.

2 comments

  • Skip

    When north Americans buy and use drugs, they are promoting the gang violence that these central Americans are trying to escape. A vicious cycle compounded by the corrupt governments in those countries.

  • Autobahn No Limit

    They’re not unaccompanied minors! They are illegal immigrants! Stop it with the “buzz words,” in order to pull on folks heart strings. Why aren’t ya showing all of the photos of MS-13 and other criminals being ALLOWED into the U.S.?

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