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A humanitarian crisis is unfolding along the U.S. border with Mexico. Unprecedented numbers of child migrants are being detained in overcrowded Border Patrol warehouses and refugee shelters.
Between 2011 and 2013, the number of unaccompanied minors detained at the border rose by 142 percent. By the end of fiscal year 2014, the number of child migrants detained at the border is expected to double again.
Fault Lines goes behind the numbers to find out why so many children are leaving Central America for the U.S., their battle for asylum upon arrival and the impact of this influx on the next chapter in a long battle over immigration reform.
Original air date: September 13, 2014
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