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What happens to unaccompanied children crossing the US-Mexico border?

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Salvadoran migrants run to jump on a train to the border with the United States, in Lecheria, 30 km north of Mexico City, on June 1, 2010.

The number of unaccompanied children coming across the U.S.-Mexico border has spiked in recent months.

As many as 60,000 kids could be apprehended crossing the border this year, officials say, which is nearly 10 times the number that came in 2011.

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Federal agents are having a tough time processing all of these kids and finding places to house them. One measure includes using two military bases as temporary shelters, and one is here in California's Ventura County.

KPCC's Immigration and Emerging Communities Reporter Leslie Berestein-Rojas explains to Alex Cohen what this facility looks like and what happens to children staying there.

Then, A Martinez speaks with Wendy Young of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), which provides free legal support to these children. Young says that the number of kids is increasing so rapidly, her lawyers can't keep up.


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