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

WASHINGTON Tue Jun 24, 2014 11:35am EDT

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 in Nogales, Arizona, June 18, 2014.     REUTERS/Ross D. Franklin/Pool

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 in Nogales, Arizona, June 18, 2014.

Credit: Reuters/Ross D. Franklin/Pool

Related Topics

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)

FILED UNDER:
We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to our editors by using the report abuse links. Views expressed in the comments do not represent those of Reuters. For more information on our comment policy, see http://blogs.reuters.com/fulldisclosure/2010/09/27/toward-a-more-thoughtful-conversation-on-stories/
Comments (9)
runfast3 wrote:
What is wrong with using the National Guard instead of removing agents from other areas? When the do remove agents from other areas it only lets the dope peddlers and the criminals arrive where the agents were removed from. Typical Obummer move. Don’t you people see this man is destroying our once great country with all his lies and changing our constitution to suit his plans.WAKE UP AMERICA BEFORE ITS TO LATE

Jun 24, 2014 11:18am EDT  --  Report as abuse
GSRyder wrote:
There are National Guards left here in the US ??? I thought they’ve been fighting our wars since the last president . I know 1 who has left his junkie son here, to rob and steal, while he’s off warring . Many of their kids are here doing drugs and raging in the streets . The border has been ignored since Texas was stolen . Those who’ve tired of the US war games in central American and the drug runners feeding the us . Have figured a can’t miss campaign to discredit this nation, while costing it who knows how much money ????

Jun 24, 2014 11:54am EDT  --  Report as abuse
molybdenum wrote:
There ARE National Guardsmen still in the country. They should be sent to the border.

Jun 24, 2014 12:33pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.