Photos of Border Crisis Show How U.S. Border Patrol is Overwhelmed
In previous years, 6,000 to 8,000 children a year crossed the border without an adult or guardian. But the numbers jumped in 2011 to about 13,525, then to 25,000 in 2012 and about 47,000 in 2013. This year they were expected to number 60,000 but may be as much as 90,000.Those estimates continue to rise. A draft memo leaked from the Border Patrol projects that in 2015 as many as 142,000 unaccompanied minors could cross the border.