Influx of alien kids foretold to officials

2013 report warned about increase

Posted: July 21, 2014 at 3:50 a.m.

FILE - This June 18, 2014 file photo shows children detainees coloring and drawing at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) processing facility in Brownsville,Texas. From October 2012 through September 2013, the U.S. Border Patrol apprehended about 24,000 unaccompanied children. But the number shot up to 57,000 from October 2013 through June 2014. Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson testified recently that the number is accelerating so fast that it could reach 90,000 by the end of September. Most of the children are coming from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, Pool)

WASHINGTON -- Nearly a year before President Barack Obama declared a humanitarian crisis on the border, a team of experts arrived at the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Texas, and discovered a makeshift transportation depot for a deluge of foreign children.

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