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More Unaccompanied Minors Cross Border Illegally; Mexican Law Is Blamed

Published: May 8, 2012 8:40 am By: NATHAN KOPPEL - WSJ.com

"From October to the end of April, the U.S. government has detained more than 6,500 unaccompanied minors who had crossed the border, nearly double the number detained in the comparable period the previous year, according to U.S. officials.

Most of them come from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, countries that are close to Mexico's southern border, and generally range in age from 14 to 17, though some are younger.

The jump comes as illegal immigration is down sharply overall, thanks to declining immigration from Mexico paired with a rising number of people returning south from the U.S."

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