Border patrol

What happens when a migrant child crosses the border

Illustrations: Lazaro Gamio/Axios

Since October of last year, border patrol has arrested almost a quarter of a million child migrants who crossed the border alone or with their family, a Customs and Border Protection official told Axios.

Why it matters: The U.S. immigration system is not set up to handle this surge of young migrants mostly from Central American nations — and it's breaking down.

Inside the horrors of migrant detention centers

A three part image showing expired bags of food, a pile of discarded luggage and a dirty bathroom.
Improperly labeled food, discarded migrant belongings and a moldy detainy bathroom. Photos: DHS, OIG

This week, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) watchdog released two reports detailing the dangerous and concerning treatment of migrants in immigration detention spaces.

Details: At a Customs and Border Protection (CBP) facility in El Paso, Tex. more than 150 migrants were held in a cell meant for just 35 people. And in an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facility in New Jersey, a noose hung in a detainee's cell, kitchens were stocked with expired food and inadequate medical care was provided.