Under-12 Border Crossers up 117%

    MISSION, TX - JULY 24:  A mother and child, 3, from El Salvador await transport to a processing center for undocumented immigrants after they crossed the Rio Grande into the United States on July 24, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Tens of thousands of immigrant families and unaccompanied minors have crossed illegally into the United States this year and presented themselves to federal agents, causing a humanitarian crisis on the U.S.-Mexico border.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

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    Twice as many unaccompanied children are coming over the U.S.-Mexico border this year, and they're also younger than ever. According to a Pew study, there is a 117 percent increase in captures of children ages 12 or under who have made the long journey alone. More than 57,000 young kids have crossed into the U.S. without a parent or guardian since October. The majority are 16 and 17 years old and only 2 percent were under 5 this year.

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