The Border Crisis: Forgotten, But Not Gone

by Jim Geraghty

The news cycle shifts, but the once-heavily-covered problems — like the humanitarian crisis on America’s southern border – remain.

The good news, of a sort, is that the number of children crossing our border is declining; the Department of Homeland Security said it detained 5,508 children caught crossing the border in July, down from 10,628 in June. (Perhaps Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatamala are running out of children.) 

But the current off-peak rate still amounts to a lot of children, The Daily Beast notes: “The number of unaccompanied minors coming across the border is fewer now than it was several weeks ago—perhaps down by as much as two-thirds. But there are still 100 of these kids crossing the border every day, down from 300 in June. That’s 3,000 kids a month that the federal government doesn’t have a clue what to do with.”

USA Today: “Public schools are preparing for up to 50,000 border children to enroll this fall.”

MSNBC: “With the border crisis showing no sign of abating anytime soon, potential Republican candidates are already positioning themselves in very different ways to try and win over prospective voters on this critical, politically divisive issue.”

ABOVE: Gov. Rick Perry of Texas greets President Barack Obama in Dallas, July 9, when the president visited the state for a pair of political fundraising events.