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Migrant Children Crossing Border Soars in Fiscal '14

By    |   Thursday, 09 Oct 2014 08:24 PM

A total of 68,541 unaccompanied children were apprehended by Customs and Border Protection in fiscal 2014, when an unexpected summer influx of 10,000 children in just one month prompted declarations of a humanitarian crisis.

The figure compares with the 39,000 immigrant children appended the previous fiscal year but was far less than the the 90,000 some Obama administration officials and lawmakers were predicting, according to The Blaze.

In a speech Thursday at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the figures show a September drop in unaccompanied minors crossing the border to 2,424 —  representing a steady decline from June, when more than 10,000 entered the country illegally, The Washington Post reported.

The number fell to 5,501 in July and 3,141 in August, Johnson said.

Customs and Border Protection also reported it apprehended 68,445 people at the border who traveled as family members, compared with the 14,855 members of families apprehended last year.

Once the surge of migrant children became a humanitarian crisis, Obama administration officials made efforts to tell Central American leaders most of the children taken in would be returned.

"Without a doubt, we had a setback this summer, with the unprecedented number of unaccompanied children and others who crossed a narrow area of our southern border in the Rio Grande Valley, in search of a family member and a better life in this country,'" Johnson said, The Post reported.

"We responded aggressively to this spike, and, in fact, now the numbers of unaccompanied children crossing into the Rio Grande Valley are at the lowest they’ve been in almost two years … Our message was simple: our border is not open to illegal immigration, and that, if you come here illegally, you will be sent back consistent with our laws and our values."

And though "the worst is over for now," Johnson warned the spike in migrations from the summer could return, since much of illegal migration is seasonal.

"This is not a 'mission accomplished' speech,'" the secretary said, The Post reported. "We can and should do more to best enforce the security of our borders."

The Blaze noted critics blamed President Barack Obama’s plan to create legal status for millions of illegal immigrants as the reason for the immigration surge and have warned tighter border enforcement is needed to ensure supporters of the Islamic State (ISIS) are not allowed entry, nor anyone who might be carrying the Ebola virus.

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