News

U.S. sends more agents to border amid child immigrant crisis

U.S. sends more agents to border amid child immigrant crisis

BORDER PATROL:Detainees are escorted to an area to make phone calls as hundreds of mostly Central American immigrant children are being processed and held at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Nogales Placement Center. Photo: Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Tuesday the United States is sending more agents to the border with Mexico to help deal with a flood of undocumented children, mostly from Central America, crossing into the United States.

One hundred and fifteen experienced agents have been sent from less active areas to the Rio Grande Valley, and a further 150 may join them, based on a review of operations there last week, Johnson said in testimony prepared for a congressional hearing on Tuesday.

In the fiscal year through September 2013, U.S. agents picked up more than 24,000 unaccompanied children at the southern border.

From October to mid-June this year, that number more than doubled to over 52,000, and U.S. authorities have been grappling with how best to deal with the crisis.

“We are talking about large numbers of children, without their parents, who have arrived at our border – hungry, thirsty, exhausted, scared and vulnerable. How we treat the children, in particular, is a reflection of our laws and our values,” Johnson said in his testimony.

(Reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Additional reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

Recent Headlines

in Entertainment

Oprah, Beyoncé among world’s ‘most powerful’ women

oprah

Other celebrity notables include Taylor Swift, Shakira and Ellen DeGeneres.

in Entertainment

Keira Knightley is a new mom

keiraknightley

The "Atonement" star has reportedly welcomed her first child.

in Music

Dave Grohl really, really likes Taylor Swift

davegrohl

The Foo Fighters frontman has vowed to dedicate a song to the "Shake It Off" hitmaker at every tour stop.

in Entertainment

Rob Lowe launching cosmetics line for men

roblowe

"The West Wing" star has created a line of anti-aging products for men called Profile.

in Music

Kelly Clarkson backs legal weed

kellyclarkson

The "Since U Been Gone" singer is the latest celebrity to endorse making pot lawful in America.

Weather

condition Condition: Partly Cloudy
Temperature: 82°
High: 91° - Low: 66°