Number of Children on the Border is Up

U-T San Diego -- The number of unaccompanied undocumented minors apprehended along the border or found in the U.S. is at record highs and could nearly double in 2012 compared to last year, according to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Kids from Guatemala traveling to the U.S. alone make up the largest group of unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S. alone(36 percent), followed by those from El Salvador (25 percent) and Honduras, (20 percent) which used to be the largest sender, according to the agency. Children from Mexico account for 12 percent.

The figures were the topic of discussion Friday at the “Children at the Border Forum,” held at the University of San Diego and hosted by Casa Cornelia Law Center and the Trans-Border Institute. (Full Story