DETAILS: New Surge of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Into U.S.
There are new security concerns along the Mexican border, as officials say the illegal immigration problem is growing worse.
Some are likening it to the 2014 crisis in which there was an enormous surge of unaccompanied minors crossing into the U.S., Casey Stegall reported this morning.
Border Patrol officials say it's actually worse this time around, with Texas' Rio Grande Valley as the epicenter. More than 54,000 have already been processed since August, compared to more than 66,000 in all of 2014.
Chris Cabrera of the National Border Patrol Council said that people who make it across are being released into the U.S. and word is traveling back to Mexico.
"They don't know what tomorrow will bring, but they know today they can cross," he explained.
Stegall said many Mexicans believe if Donald Trump wins the election, a border wall will be built and that is motivating more and more to make the journey now.
"The smugglers are saying to get here now," he noted.
Stegall explained that detention centers are packed just like they were in 2014. Border agents are reportedly overwhelmed, having to focus on diaper-changing rather than border security operations.
Most of the women and children are from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, not Mexico, and are seeking asylum, which is a lengthy process.
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