As word of Barack Obama’s policy of de facto amnesty spread across Central America earlier this year, tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors poured across the U.S.-Mexico border. According to some expert analysis, the crisis that led to overcrowded facilities and overworked border patrol agents is currently in the final days of a temporary respite.
Tiffany Nelms of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants warns that, beginning within a few weeks, an estimated 30,000 new illegal minors will begin streaming into the United States.
“Right now it’s just too hard for them to cross, but we expect when it cools down a little bit in August or in September, October, we’ll see another surge again.”
She noted that the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement is already working to “expand its network of shelters” to meet the coming need.
While about 25,000 unaccompanied minors crossed into the U.S. during 2013, this year’s total is on pace to quadruple that number.
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