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An official with the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants expects a second wave of at least 30,000 unaccompanied alien children to illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border this fall. Tiffany Nelms told the Washington Examiner that the flow has temporarily slowed because of the summer heat, making the journey across Mexico and into the United States more difficult.
"Right now it’s just too hard for them to cross, but we expect when it cools down a little bit in August or in September, October, we’ll see another surge again," Nelms said.
Over the last few weeks, reports from the border indicate that the illegal-alien border surge has slowed from its peak in May and June. More than 60,000 UACs have been apprehended from the start of FY2014 through the end of July, but the federal government still expects more than 90,000 to cross before the end of the fiscal year on September 30.
"Historically there have been periods when we don’t see a lot of kids, and because right now it is very hot in the desert. And so typically, June, July and August are slow months," Nelms said. "I think the slowdown really is related to the weather."
For more on this story, see the Washington Examiner.