The Invisible Crisis: Small Children Crossing the US Border on Their Own

Gigantic surge of minors, most without parents or guardians are being held at the border like prisoners near Nogales, Arizona.
2:14 | 06/11/14

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Transcript for The Invisible Crisis: Small Children Crossing the US Border on Their Own
Small children crossing into the US in many cases alone without their parents and then getting trapped in limbo. These images obtained by ABC news -- people sleeping on what looks like foil. Tonight just one snapshot of what some are calling now an urgent humanitarian problem. ABC's senior national correspondent to marvel -- with exclusive new video tonight raising new questions about a hidden America just now discovered. It is a huge -- Unitarian crisis on the border right now. A gigantic unprecedented surge of minors most without parents or guardians. Crossing our southern border on their -- by the thousands. Captured by the Border Patrol as seen in these photos taken within the last two weeks and provided to ABC news by Texas congressman. -- -- -- They show the teens and younger children packed in defense cages and -- hard floors. Advocacy groups today formally complaining to the Department of Homeland Security that 80% of the children had inadequate food and water supplies. Pastor John Torres has been inside the Nogales Arizona Border Patrol facility. It's gruesome haven't even not explain. And seeing. There's a window holding prisoners it's still. The children are supposed to be transferred within 72 hours of the department of health and human services and a more humane setting as seen in this exclusive video. Taken by a government camera just last week. And released today to ABC news a first look at where the children spend their time cafeterias. Classrooms where English is. Cage and gym class -- a far different scene in these children's first stop in American custody undeniably. There is a problem. Of humanitarian proportions in the Rio Grande Valley sector. That we must deal with. Most of the kids crossing the border illegally in this is the Rio Grande are not from Mexico over there they're from Central America and -- often fleeing violent crime. The number one point of origin -- Honduras called the murder capital of the world. Coming here into the open and overwhelmed arms of the US Border Patrol. David -- -- -- tonight Jim thank you of course are hidden America team will stay on this in the weeks and months to come right here on world news.

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