July 8th, 2014
08:53 PM ET

Undocumented family speaks: We can't go back

A surge of undocumented immigrants are pouring into the United States. It's a situation that is fast becoming one of the biggest political challenges President Obama has ever faced.

Obama made an emergency $3.7 million funding request to handle the crisis - almost twice as much as what the administration had previously signaled it needed.

One reason this crisis is so dire is a historic flood of children are being caught crossing the Southwest border.

Children Caught at U.S. border



In 2009, about 3300 children from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras were caught by Border Patrol agents, according to the Department of Homeland Security. So far, this year, 40,000 children were caught.

CNN's Kyung Lah is at the border with the story of one Guatemalan family and the frightening world they left behind.

Filed under: Immigration • International • News
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. JC

    Bush signed the bill when he was in office that they had to have a hearing so how is this Obama's fault? He left to try to deal with the problem.

    July 9, 2014 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  2. faceconomics

    Request for the Guatemalan government to provide security for her and her child. Guatemala is a large country and she can be relocated to a safer area and have her whereabouts concealed. If she has witness something that requires protection by her government, then, they should shoulder the responsibility to protect her and her child. We can offer to help the Guatemalan government with security training and education assistance for their police and military personnel. I have had experience working with illegal immigrants most of them are good and law abiding people, however, those people who are in the US legally and have waited to enter and abide by the law of the land should be the rule and not the exception. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iO4aMJjLSBI

    July 9, 2014 at 1:49 pm | Reply

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