Hundreds more youth surge across border, overwhelming U.S. officials

Article author: 
Cindy Carcamo and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Article publisher: 
The Los Angeles Times
Article date: 
8 June 2014
Article category: 
National News
Article Body: 

At least 1,000 unaccompanied children who crossed illegally into the United States through Texas are being taken to a makeshift emergency shelter in Arizona ...

Last week, immigration officials gave reporters a tour of the shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio ... Among them was a boy who appeared to be on the younger side, with spiky black hair and a red T-shirt ...

The government would attempt to place him with relatives or an approved sponsor while his case made its way through immigration court ...

At Lackland, the spiky-haired boy's identity and origins, like scores of others, remained a mystery.

Before he arrived at Lackland, he was screened for potential mental health issues, vaccinated and checked for lice and scabies

The young migrants' ranks have tripled in five years, and could reach a new high of 60,000 this year — and more than double that the following year. By then, the costs of shelters and resettlement could reach $2.28 billion ...

Related news - 2 flights per day are to arrive for infinite amount of time - FEMA involved:

Banegas [Honduras consul to the United States in Arizona,] said CBP officials told him two flights full of children would be arriving in Arizona from Texas on a daily basis for an indefinite amount of time ... Several federal organizations — including the CBP, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Immigration and Customs Enforcement — have been working to ease the situation ...