Some 22,000 minors illegally crossed the Southern U.S. border in December, a number that government officials say bolsters the argument for building the president’s promised border wall.
Of those 22,000 minors, roughly 5,000 were unaccompanied by a parent or guardian.
‘Vulnerable populations are embarking on the dangerous journey north in record numbers putting themselves and minors in harm’s way,’ said Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security.
In addition, more than 15,000 unaccompanied minors crossed the border in the first three months of federal fiscal year 2019 – which began October 1, 2018.
U.S. officials are calling the situation a humanitarian crisis, noting that there has been significant demand for medical treatment by immigrants, often related to the long journey they made to reach the border. READ MORE