The Biden administration predicts the surge of unaccompanied children crossing the southern border — that is already overwhelming federal facilities — will smash record numbers and continue for the next six months, according to a report on Monday.
The White House said the number of minors could soar to 26,000 a month in September, dwarfing the 16,000 crossing into the US this month, Axios reported, citing leaked documents.
The administration is already scrambling to get a handle on the increase, readjusting estimates of roughly 13,000 for this May to between 22,000 to 25,000.
US Customs and Border Protection is predicting a similar range for September — from 22,000 to 26,000.
The escalating numbers will further strain federal border facilities and stretch beyond the seasonal migration patterns, the report said.
The White House and Department of Homeland Security did not respond to Axios’ requests for comment.