The more the merrier – Barack Obama
Via The Blaze:
A top border official told Congress Wednesday that more than 57,000 unaccompanied children have tried to cross the southern U.S. border in the current fiscal year, a jump of 5,000 from the number cited by officials just a few weeks ago.
“The recent dramatic increase is difficult and distressing on a lot of levels,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Gil Kerlikowski told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“To date this fiscal year, the number of unaccompanied children encountered by CBP is over 57,000,” he said. “It’s more than double compared to the previous year, and as of July 1, there were just over 2,600 unaccompanied children in our custody.”
CBP said last month that as of June 15, it had apprehended 52,193 children during the current fiscal year that began October 1, 2013. That was just about twice as many children as CBP had apprehended at the same time last year.