"Do not send your children to the borders, Obama told ABC News.
"If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they
may not make it."
Tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors, mostly from Central
America, have crossed into the United States in recent months,
overwhelming processing centers and leading to criticism of Obama's
immigration policies from Republicans.
While U.S. officials attributed the spike to poverty and rising gang
violence in Central America, the U.S. government has sought to
dispel any notion by parents that their children might qualify to
stay in the United States as part of immigration reform efforts
before the U.S. Congress.
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"Our message absolutely is don't send your children unaccompanied,
on trains or through a bunch of smugglers, Obama told ABC. We
don't even know how many of these kids don't make it, and may have
been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a
(Reporting by Steve Holland; Editing by Leslie Adler)
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