Migrant children in Mexicali dream of better futures in the United States
FOX 9's Adam Klepp reports
MEXICALI, Mexico (KECY, KYMA) - According to customs and border protection data so far for fiscal year 2022, migrant families, and children, make up over a quarter of all apprehensions at the southern border.
Before crossing to the United States, many spend time in shelters in Mexican border cities.
One shelter in Mexicali is only for mothers and their children.
It also has a school for the kids who are living here.
“I like to learn about math, reading, and english,” one migrant child from Mexico said.
Others were on their way to the United States with their favorite stuffed animal.
“When I grow up I want to be a nurse, I want to care for animals.”
Animals, coincidentally, a popular topic among the kids.
“I like horses. I want to get a horse when I am in the United States,” one girl said.
While the children here come from all different countries, for many different reasons, all of them try and make the best out of a hard situation.
According to Border Patrol, so far this fiscal year 21% of all southern border encounters have been family groups.
And just over 100 thousand unaccompanied minors have been apprehended by U.S. agents, making up 7% of this year's total.