(WASHINGTON) — There has been a spike in the number of people illegally crossing the Southwestern US border in August, including a significant uptick in unaccompanied children, ABC News has learned.
Unaccompanied children crossing the border saw an unprecedented increase last year, but since then the government has increased resources at the border.
It even launched a “Dangers Awareness” campaign in Central American countries, which served to drive the numbers down until last month. The majority of children crossing have been coming from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
“We have seen…in the month of August, a surprising uptick, and it still is below — far below the levels that we saw at the peak last year,” White House Press secretary Josh Earnest said. “In August, the numbers decline because of the weather patterns. Instead, we saw a — an increase. So that is something that is concerning.”
Compared to last year, as of July, the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border along Texas, where the mass apprehensions occurred last summer, has seen an overall decrease of 61 percent.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is expected to release the new numbers Monday afternoon.
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