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June 30, 2014

Stemming the flood of young immigrants

The explosion of illegal crossings by unaccompanied minors is not the result of inadequate border security. The youths are being captured right at the border — by the tens of thousands. In fact, many are surrendering without even trying to run. Hiring more Border Patrol officers won’t stem the flood of young people — now around 52,000 — that is overwhelming federal detention facilities. The problem is a lack of space to hold the detained children, along with a severely understaffed immigration court system to process them and other migrants in a timely fashion.

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