Scenes of hope and despair on the U.S. border with Mexico as unaccompanied chidlren join migrants seeking refuge in the United States.
Earlier in the week the top U.S. homeland security official said the Biden administration still faced challenges on the U.S.-Mexico border but that it had made extraordinary efforts to move unaccompanied migrant children out of crowded border stations.
Federal authorities have reduced the number of unaccompanied children in border stations from a peak of 5,700 in late March to under 500 this week, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas at a congressional hearing.
In April, border apprehensions reached about 173,000 in April – the highest monthly level in more than 20 years.
The Biden administration initially struggled to process the border crossers fast enough, resulting in thousands of children being stuck in overcrowded border stations and forcing some agents to take on caretaker roles instead of patrolling for drugs and smugglers.
(Video: Adrees Latif, Production: Deborah Lutterbeck)