Number of Unaccompanied Children Entering the United States

in Transnational Crime

In 2012, the United States Border Patrol apprehended 24,481 minors who were attempting to cross the border between the US and Mexico without an adult companion. The number of children apprehended in 2012 was three times the number of children caught in 2008.

In the state of Texas, between 80 to 120 children cross into the state illegally and without an adult each day.

Source:  Pamela M. Prah, “Tally of kids entering US illegally, and alone, is surging,” Arizona Daily Star, May 13, 2013.

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