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Thousands of unaccompanied migrant children have shown up at the southern border in recent weeks, overwhelming the government’s ability to process and transfer them into the custody of sponsors or family members.
Melissa Lopez, director of Diocesan Migrant & Refugee Services Inc, tells NPR what the situations looks like from her vantage point in El Paso.
Mark Greenberg, senior fellow at the Migration Policy Institute, explains why COVID-19 protocols are making it even harder for the government to handle the increase in migrants at the border.
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