Flow of child immigrants at border slowing for now

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Updated: 7/18/2014 1:26 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — The flow of children crossing the Mexican border illegally and without their parents is slowing down.

Two senior Obama administration officials say Border Patrol agents this week have found fewer than 500 young people at the border in South Texas. Last month, agents arrested as many as 2,000 child immigrants a week.

More than 57,000 children traveling alone have been caught crossing the Mexican border since Oct. 1. Most of the children are from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The officials say it's unclear what led to the drop in arrests, but that illegal crossings along the Mexican border tend to slow during the summer.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the border arrest statistics.


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