This is a real and growing problem. The Office of Management and Budget warned recently that the administration would need $2.28 billion in the 2015 budget to deal with the flood of minors caught at the southern border, a massive increase from the $868 million the administration initially requested in March. The influx has strained resources and led the
The driving force, according to the government and to immigration rights advocates, is high violence in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador — much of it by gangs with U.S. connections — poverty and reduced economic prospects, and a desire to unite children with parents or other relatives already in the U.S.
Because the minors are caught up in the immigration system, they do not have access to legal representation, a problem that The Times editorial board wrote recently needs addressing. But the administration announcement didn't touch on that issue.
Under the directive,
"We want to make sure that we are providing both the immediate needs but also building capacity," Fugate said.