Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is making preparations for at least 75,000 additional unaccompanied alien minors in its fiscal year 2017 budget request to Congress.
In written testimony prepared for the House Appropriations’ Subcommittee on Homeland Security, CBP Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske explained the agency’s struggle to respond to the influx of unaccompanied minors and family illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border in recent years.
“During FY 2014, the U.S. Government experienced an unprecedented increase in the number of unaccompanied children (UC) crossing the Southwest border, compared to previous years,” Kerlikowske explained. “The surge created a resource challenge for CBP and other Federal partners responsible for responding to the urgent humanitarian situation.”
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