Report: 30,000 More Migrant Children to Cross Border This Fall
September and October could see an even greater crisis of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the United States from Central America, according to a Washington Examiner report.
A representative of a group assisting with the ongoing influx of unaccompanied minors, contended at a Hispanic Heritage Foundation press conference this week that the summer weather has caused a down tick in the current level of migration northward but come fall some 30,000 more unaccompanied minors could make their way to the border.
“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,” U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants’ Tiffany Nelms said, according to the Washington Examiner.
Since October, more than 62,900 unaccompanied minors have been detained illegally entering the United States, overwhelming resources and causing a humanitarian crisis.
The Department of Homeland Security recently highlighted that the month of July saw a down tick in the level of illegal immigration by unaccompanied minors.
Nelms, said that the summer months usually see a reduction in the number of children crossing the border.
“Historically there have been periods when we don’t see a lot of kids, and because right now it is very hot in the desert. And so typically, June, July and August are slow months,” she said. “I think the slowdown really is related to the weather.”
The DHS has estimated that this fiscal year will see some 90,000 unaccompanied minors detained illegally entering the United States.
Last fiscal year just 31,491 unaccompanied minors were detained illegally entering the U.S. through the southern border.