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Surge in Arrests of Minors Illegally Crossing Border Could Reach Record High

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By    |   Monday, 09 May 2016 11:12 AM

There has been a sharp rise in the arrest of unaccompanied minors illegally crossing the border and the numbers could set a new record this year, the Phoenix New Times reports.

A Pew Research Center report shows that more than 27,000 unaccompanied minors were apprehended in the first six months of  the 2016 fiscal year (which started last October), 78 percent more than the number caught during the same period last year.

Those numbers could surpass 2014's all-time high of 68,000. Wendy Young, president of the nonprofit Kids in Need of Defense, told The Phoenix New Times that she has heard that up to 100,000 could be arriving by year's end due to the extremely violent and unstable conditions in South American countries from which most of these children are fleeing.

Her organization stresses the humanitarian aspect of the crisis, saying that most of the minors are escaping from life-threatening situations.

The organization also contends that a large number of those illegally arriving are potentially eligible for protection but are not provided a lawyer and are incapable of maneuvering through the complex process for approval without one.

But those contentions have their detractors, as anti-immigration sentiment has been one of the main issues of the presidential election.

The Washington Examiner points to a Center for Immigration Studies report that questions the legitimate refugee status of most of those crossing into the US. It also emphasizes the $1.3 billion cost to taxpayers would be more than double what it was in 2010 and that the amount spent on each of the illegal teens would be almost $3,000 more than the average retirement benefit from Social Security for a U.S. citizen.

The Phoenix New Times points out that unaccompanied minors make up only a small fraction of those arrested crossing the border and that illegal immigration in general has dropped dramatically from 1.6 million captured in 2000 to some 337,000 last year.

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