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Families in Palm Beach County reach out to kids crossing the border

By John Lantigua - Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thousands of Central American minors, unaccompanied by adult family members, are sneaking through Mexico and across the U.S. border, where overwhelmed federal authorities have dispatched them to relatives around the country, including dozens to Palm Beach County.

President Barack Obama declared the recent flood of young immigrants a humanitarian crisis and has provided money to house, feed and clothe the children at emergency facilities in Texas, Arizona, Oklahoma and California. Federal authorities predict 90,000 such minors, mostly teenagers, will arrive this fiscal year, about four times as many as last year. Some estimates are much higher because the flood is increasing.

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