Why More Migrant Children Are Trying To Seek Asylum : Consider This from NPR 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.

In participating regions, you'll also hear from local journalists about what's happening in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

What's Behind The Increase In Migrant Children At The Southern Border

What's Behind The Increase In Migrant Children At The Southern Border

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, seen here on March 2 at a FEMA community vaccination center in Philadelphia, announced Saturday the agency will assist with the influx of migrant children at the U.S. southern border. Mark Makela/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, seen here on March 2 at a FEMA community vaccination center in Philadelphia, announced Saturday the agency will assist with the influx of migrant children at the U.S. southern border.

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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.

In participating regions, you'll also hear from local journalists about what's happening in your community.

Email us at considerthis@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Lee Hale, Brent Baughman, and Brianna Scott. It was edited by Sami Yenigun with help from Laura Smitherman and Wynne Davis. Additional reporting from NPR's John Burnett and Joel Rose. Our executive producer is Cara Tallo.