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Number of migrants at southern border tops 100k again

9 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago Wednesday, May 08 2019 May 8, 2019 May 08, 2019 2:08 PM May 08, 2019 in News - AP Texas Headlines

By COLLEEN LONG
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) - The number of migrants apprehended at the Southern border topped 100,000 for the second month in a row, as the Trump administration manages an ever increasing number of Central American families streaming to the U.S.

According to Homeland Security figures, there were 109,144 migrants encountered in April, including more than 58,000 families and 8,800 unaccompanied children taken into custody.

Border Patrol Chief Carla Provost told senators on Wednesday that apprehension numbers were "off the charts," and she's had to divert agents to care for children. As she spoke, images of Border Patrol agents holding small children flashed behind her.

She said shifting resources will not address the crisis. She said she is worried about drugs and other contraband that is getting through as resources are shifted to caring for children.

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