BORDER SURGE: 100,000 NEW ILLEGAL MINORS COMING
With apprehension numbers exceeding the unprecedented highs reached in FY 2014, there are already murmurs that this year’s surge in unaccompanied minors crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally could reach 100,000.
“I’ve heard numbers of anywhere from 70,000 to 100,000,” Wendy Young, president of the Kids in Need of Defense (KiND), said in an interview with the Phoenix New Times. The Kids in Need of Defense (KiND), is a non-profit organization, co-founded by actress Angelina Jolie, that works to represent unaccompanied minors during their deportation proceedings.
In recent years the southern border has experienced a heavy influx of “children” (under the age of 18) traveling without a guardian and “family units,” largely from Central America, seeking access to the U.S.
The flow reached record levels in FY 2014 when Customs and Border Patrol apprehended more than 68,541 minors and 68,445 “families” at the southern border. The majority of those apprehended illegally crossing the border remain in the U.S., ostensibly awaiting immigration proceedings.