By Kyle Balluck
House Homeland Security Chairman Michael McCaul (R-Texas) on Sunday called in the influx in young immigrants “ a crisis like nothing I’ve ever seen at the border.”
“We have refugee camps now in my and your home state of Texas,” McCaul told host Bob Schieffer on CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “It's a very serious concern. I don't think the flow will stop until a message of deterrence is sent back to Central America.
“The drug traffickers are making $5,000 a child on these needy children, advertising that if you get into the United States, you can stay,” he added. “And to some extent, that is accurate.”
McCaul said he applauds President Obama’s comments last week, calling on Central American parents to stop sending their unaccompanied children across the border.
Obama warned in an interview with ABC News that unaccompanied children faced danger and would be returned home.
“Our message absolutely is don't send your children unaccompanied, on trains or through a bunch of smugglers,” Obama said.
“We don't even know how many of these kids don't make it, and may have been waylaid into sex trafficking or killed because they fell off a train.
“Do not send your children to the borders,” the president continued. “If they do make it, they'll get sent back. More importantly, they may not make it."