When authorities found an 11-year-old Guatemalan boy’s body just about a mile from Texas’ southern border, they also discovered his brother’s Chicago phone number scribbled on the inside of his belt buckle.
Experts say the tens of thousands of unaccompanied children from Central America have come to the Texas-Mexico border desperate to escape violence back home.
Officials say that nearly a thousand illegal immigrants a day are crossing into Texas from Mexico, an anomaly that is now being compared to Hurricane Katrina.
Law enforcement officials in South Texas have been overwhelmed by a surge of young illegal migrants traveling by themselves that DHS quickly moved to set up an emergency shelter for the youths at Lackland Air Force base in San Antonio.
A flight headed to Guatemala had to be delayed Monday evening after a passenger tried to stand up and exit while the plane was taxing away from the gate.