Surge in unaccompanied children at the border
In the first eight and a half months of the 2014 fiscal year, the U.S. Border Patrol intercepted more than 52,000 unaccompanied children under 18, twice the number as were picked up in the same time period the previous year. Under the law, the children are placed with parents or family if possible, but thousands are being held in temporary shelters until a placement can be found. Read related article.
SOURCE: U.S. Border Patrol, Dept. of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement. GRAPHIC: Kevin Uhrmacher and Dan Keating - The Washington Post. Published July 11, 2014.