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Thousands of Minors are Crossing the Mexican Border Alone: Here’s What’s Going On and How to Help

The number of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in 2021 is on pace to be the highest number in 20 years, according to one of President Biden’s top officials. And that number includes a jaw-dropping increase in unaccompanied minors. U.S. Border Patrol detained more than 11,000 unaccompanied migrant children between February 28 to March 20, according to preliminary government data reviewed by CNN. That’s a significant uptick from the 9,300 children who were apprehended in February and 5,600 in January.

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