By SEN. DAN COATS
More than 60,000 unaccompanied alien children – mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador – have been apprehended on America’s southern border during this fiscal year. Another 40,000 family members – one or both parents traveling with their children – have been apprehended during the same time period.
To put these numbers in perspective, just three years ago our Border Patrol apprehended 16,000 unaccompanied alien children. In fiscal year 2008, the number was 8,000.