The numbers of unaccompanied minors encountered along the southern border are surging to disturbing levels.
On Monday of last week, Customs and Border Protection reported that officers encountered a 5-year-old who told them that she had made the crossing of the Rio Grande all by herself.
Four more children traveling alone were contacted on Wednesday. That group included three teens and another only five years old. CBP reported that all of the children crossed the Rio Grande within an hour of each other. They crossed near the Del Rio Port of Entry.
CBP also said that in October, November, and December of last year, it encountered 2,280 unaccompanied children at the Del Rio Sector. That compares with only 1,305 during the same months in 2020.
National Border Patrol Council President Jon Anfinsen said there have been children found drowned in the Rio Grande in the Del Rio sector for years and pleaded that it “has to stop.” He added that the policies of the Biden Administration are, unfortunately, increasing the incentives for parents to send their children on a dangerous trip across the border alone. He went on to say that more children are sure to tragically drown until the White House and Congress create an orderly process for persons legitimately seeking asylum in the US.
When agents find unaccompanied kids at the border, they are brought to border patrol stations. Agents attempt to identify them and give them health screenings. Juvenile coordinators are present at stations to aid in caring for the children and their processing. The coordinators then handle the transfer of the children to the Office of Refugee Resettlement and Health and Human Services.
The numbers of total migrants found illegally crossing the southern border continue to skyrocket. The encounters reported by CBP for the last three months of 2021 were all at least twice the number for each month the year before.
The numbers of persons captured illegally entering the country who have previously been convicted of serious crimes and physical offenses also increase, increasing the public safety threat to Americans around the nation.