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 Local

CWLP Mulls $12 Monthly Increase for Residential Electric Customers

cwlp

Customer charges would go up, but electricity rates would go down in 2015.

in Local

Southeast Student Faces Weapons Charges as Juvenile

gun

A student accused of bringing an unloaded gun to school on Friday has been charged as a juvenile.

in Local

Competing Springfield Outlet Mall Proprietors Join Forces

legacy_pointe

Two competing interests both looking to build outlet malls have reportedly joined forces.

in Local

North Mac Intermediate School Closed Again Wednesday

carbon_monoxide

The district recreated the carbon monoxide leak that sent nearly 150 people to area hospitals

in Election 2014, Local

Rauner: Medical Marijuana Program “Ripe for Corruption”

marijuana

Bruce Rauner wants the application process changed for companies vying for dispensary and cultivator licenses.