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Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

WASHINGTON (AP) - The flood of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents has slowed down in recent weeks, two senior Obama administration officials said Friday.

Border Patrol agents in the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas have found fewer than 500 children crossing the border illegally this week, the officials said. Last month, agents arrested as many as 2,000 child immigrants a week.

The Obama administration has been struggling to deal with a flood of more than 57,000 children traveling alone since Oct. 1. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said earlier this month that as many as 90,000 unaccompanied child immigrants could be apprehended by the end of the budget year in September. Most of the children are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The volume of child immigrants has significantly taxed resources at the Homeland Security and Health and Human Services departments in recent months and prompted President Barack Obama to ask Congress to approve an emergency $3.7 billion spending bill to deal with the situation he has called an "urgent humanitarian crisis."

The officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the latest trends in border arrests, said Friday it's too soon to know what has led to drop in border arrests. They said illegal border crossings along the Mexican border tend to slow during the summer.

Customs and Border Protection has launched a public relations campaign to warn would-be immigrants and their families in Central America that the trip to the U.S. border is dangerous and immigrant children will face deportation after they are apprehended. But since the trip through Mexico can take weeks or even months, recent border crossers are unlikely to have seen much of the campaign.

Obama is scheduled to host a White House meeting with the presidents of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala next week to discuss the ongoing problem.

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carlosward4 July 18 2014 at 6:16 PM

All illegal alien children crossing our porous borders from Central America, Mexico, or from anywhere should be deported back to their native countries for their families or government to take care of them. We have enough poverty, crime, and gangs in the United States and we don't need other countries poor illiterate citizens.

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Art69z July 18 2014 at 7:19 PM

Pres. Obama is requesting 3.7 billion dollars in emergency funding for what he described as a urgent "Humanitarian Crisis". He is almost solely responsible for the crisis. He used Executive Order to pass the "Dream Act". He then made speeches that he doesn't intend to send minor children back who make it across the border. So, my suggestion to him his to get his Democrat donors, to front him the money that he needs for a crisis he created.

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torp8r July 18 2014 at 10:58 PM

Impeach Obama ! Now ! He's a fool trying to destroy America.

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impactvqi torp8r July 19 2014 at 8:50 PM

to docboxcar that is what people say when they are abandoning ship

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brenhatestwinkie torp8r July 19 2014 at 9:24 PM

go impeach your party for being do nothing jackasses

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ladiesnite brenhatestwinkie July 20 2014 at 12:53 AM

Now there is one of those EDUCATED comments we have so grown to laugh at !!!!

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fredawright3 July 18 2014 at 9:15 PM

to many illegal aileins in Ky. i go to walmart and see them puting stuff in their shirts,pants,coats in the summer time,under their babies.this is an invasion not only will store prices go up but, our taxes are skyrocketing.

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b4score July 19 2014 at 7:57 AM

Now we are going to pay for those two A/H's to come to the White House. Hey you A/H in the White House. Just call them and tell them you are sending their children back home and they will get a bill for rthe cost of doing it. You are the biggest disgrace of a President of this Country.

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ttanner225 b4score July 19 2014 at 7:41 PM

docboxcar, why do you lower yourself and use the usual lib practice of slamming people you disagree with? Why not offer a substantive arguement, instead? Name calling and tossing personal insults just demeans you and negates anything else you may have to say.

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brenhatestwinkie ttanner225 July 19 2014 at 9:26 PM

apply that to your side too, hypocrite

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Jo July 19 2014 at 8:16 AM

One American makes a wrong turn, illegally crosses the Mexican border and ends up in jail while thousands of people from Central and South America can cross the whole Mexican country without being arrested.

Close the border, let the Mexican government deal with the immigrants and see how fast it will stop.

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mennis0852 Jo July 20 2014 at 12:05 AM

Well crossing the Mexican border is not illegal unless you intend to stay, does not even require a visa. But take firearms into Mexico and you have broken major Mexican laws and will sit in jail.

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michelle.harte July 18 2014 at 7:30 PM

All these parents that sent these poor children on this deadly trip over here (I just read where many of these children are washing up dead in the water) should be jailed for neglect and child abuse. It disgusts me that they are rewarded by getting these children here, no questions asked but if a Legal citizen did this to their child DCF would put them in jail. Obama has been a complete failure with this situation and has neglected his job to protect the borders and the citizens who are here legally. God bless all these poor children who are victims because of Obama's 2012 policies.

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Casey LeCroix michelle.harte July 19 2014 at 6:49 PM

http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2014/07/feds-to-open-50-million-resort-hotel-for-illegal-children-complete-with-tennis-courts-sauna-pools/ THIS IS WHERE THEY WILL BE STAYING

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ttanner225 michelle.harte July 19 2014 at 7:42 PM

docboxcar, calling someone a "moron" does not make them wrong or you right. It just makes you look petty and ignorant.

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tmccull52 July 19 2014 at 9:02 AM

Send. Them. Back.

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mennis0852 tmccull52 July 20 2014 at 12:07 AM

We cannot legally since they are children and federal law protects them. They cannot be sent back until an immigration judge says that they have to go back.

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tvmlll July 18 2014 at 9:04 PM

why do we call someone who comes across the border illegally and immigrant, illegal or otherwise. What do other countries call someone who enters there country illegally, probably not immigrant.

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flobrooks tvmlll July 19 2014 at 1:39 PM

Most call them a corpse.

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weikamis July 18 2014 at 8:16 PM

Love and Light to The Children... This is all so sad that these innocent children are being used/abused by those who sent them here....All of their parents should be considered crimminals. They broke the laws of our country. All those bleeding hearts/libs that do not believe so...Then you should protest and act on releasing all of the murderers, rapists, etc. in our prisons enabling them to be with their families (their children that were separated from them due to their crimes). Double standards you think???

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