Transcript for 'This Week': Children of the Border
Back now with some snapshots of a humanitarian crisis in the making. Thousands of children are in limbo in American detention centers after crossing into the United States illegally without their parents. ABC's Jim Avila with more on this new flashpoint along the border. Reporter: A flood of immigrant children surging across the mexico/texas border often alone. These pictured obtained by ABC news showing teens and younger children packed in defense cages and on hard floors. And this video obtained by the Washington post, shows similar harsh conditions. Children detained by the U.S. Border patrol, so unequipped. Individual agents are using personal resources to care for them. They are doing everything, from mixing formula to bringing in their own children's clothing. Reporter: In 2011, 6,560 unaccompanied minors were detained crossing illegally, but by the end of this year, an estimated 60,000 will have made the dangerous, often deadly trip. This week, Baylor university's prof prof prof professor led a team, finding more and more unmarked child graves. We're seeing so many crossing. Reporter: Why are they coming now. Most are fleeing an increasing violent central America. This is not amnesty. Reporter: But republicans charge that the Obama administration's new new immigration policy known as the dream act, is to blame. Its policies have created a human magnet for these children to come at great risk themselves. Reporter: The white house forced to send a message this week, directed at parents in central America, that the dream act does not help their kids. It is not safe. Reporter: A message so far, largely unheard. For "This week," Jim Avila, ABC news, Washington.
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