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Explainer: Why more migrant children are arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border

Ted Hesson, Mica Rosenberg, Reuters |

As of last Tuesday, about 9,200 unaccompanied children were in the custody of a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) refugee office that manages a government shelter system for the kids – the highest number since 2019.

Most of the kids in custody are teenagers, but hundreds are under 12 years old. The majority of unaccompanied children apprehended since Oct. 1, 2020, crossed through Texas’ Rio Grande Valley, according to CBP.

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