Undocumented children prove troublesome for Obama administration

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A government wide effort is now underway to address a deepening crisis along the Rio Grande Valley, where thousands of undocumented children are making their way into the U.S. from Central America.
Danielle Leigh joins us in Washington with more.

Undocumented children prove troublesome for Obama administration

Undocumented children prove troublesome for Obama administration

A government wide effort is now underway to address a deepening crisis along the Rio Grande Valley, where thousands of undocumented children are making their way into the U.S. from Central America. Danielle Leigh joins us in Washington with more.

The Obama administration is taking steps to handle what’s being called a humanitarian crisis involving minors crossing the border. The U.S. is facing a drastic influx in undocumented children from Central America crossing the southern border. Homeland security secretary Jeh Johnson is giving parents of these children a strong warning.

Federal statistics estimate the number of undocumented children entering the U.S. could swell to 90 thousand this year, more than 6 times the 13,625 who arrived two years ago. It’s more than border controls can handle.
This is leading to complaints of poor treatment in overcrowding holding cells. Secretary Johnson says a government wide response is underway, including additional aid specifically for children, and increased border enforcement and deportation efforts. Most will be sent home.

The Obama administration cites violence and poverty in parts of Central America for the crisis. However, Republicans blame lax border enforcement. Democrats control the Senate and they have passed an immigration reform bill. They say it’s up to the House Republicans to act. Both the House and Senate appropriations committee have approved additional money to help the border patrol address this problem. Private volunteer groups are also offering support.