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Undocumented Immigrants at the Texas Border

U.S. law enforcement tries to cope with an influx of unaccompanied minors fleeing violence in Latin America.

July 25, 2014, 10:10 a.m.

Thou­sands of un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rants have been flood­ing in­to Texas from Mex­ico and Cent­ral Amer­ica over the dec­ades, but a re­cent flare-up of vi­ol­ence has sent the num­bers soar­ing. Un­ac­com­pan­ied minors from El Sal­vador, Guatem­ala, and Hon­dur­as have in­creas­ingly be­come a prob­lem, filling U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion pro­cessing cen­ters. 

A U.S. Office of Air and Marine helicopter patrols over the Rio Grande River on July 25, 2014 near Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of families and unaccompanied minors have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas' Rio Grande Valley has become the epicenter of the latest immigrant crisis, as more Central Americans have crossed illegally from Mexico into that sector than any other stretch of the America's 1,933 mile border with Mexico.  Getty Images
U.S. Border Patrol agents escort undocumented immingrants after taking them into custody on July 22, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas. Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow.  Getty Images
U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents detain undocumented immigrants in dense brushland some 60 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border in Brooks County on July 23, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas. Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Getty Images
Undocumented immigrants are transported to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center after being detained on July 22, 2014 near Falfurrias, Texas. Thousands of immigrants, many of them minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas Governor Rick Perry announced that he will send 1,000 National Guard troops to help stem the flow.  Getty Images
A suspected smuggler allegedly brings undocumented Salvadorian immigrants, most of them minors, across the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of them unaccompanied minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Getty Images
A U.S. Border Patrol agent assists an unaccompanied minor, 13, from El Salvador after he crossed the Rio Grande into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrant families and unaccompanied minors have crossed illegally into the United States this year and presented themselves to federal agents, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Getty Images
A U.S. Border Patrol agent assists undocumented minors after they crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants, many of them unaccompanied minors, have crossed illegally into the United States this year and presented themselves to federal agents, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.  Getty Images
Honduran undocumented immigrant Laura Fabio, 2 waits for her mother after they crossed the Rio Grande illegally into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Like most of the recent surge of Central American immigrant women and children, they brought documents, often birth certificates, to prove their nationality to U.S. Border officials. Tens of thousands of immigrant families and unaccompanied minors have crossed illegally into the United States this year and presented themselves to federal agents, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border. Texas' Rio Grande Valley has become the epicenter of the latest immigrant crisis, as more immigrants, especially Central Americans, cross illegally from Mexico into that sector than any other stretch of the America's 1,933 mile border with Mexico.  Getty Images
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