Border Patrol officers arrest Honduran migrants after jumping the U.S. border fence inside the United States to San Diego, from Tijuana, Mexico, Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)
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America's border security head warned Wednesday officials were overwhelmed by the "enormous flow" of families crossing from Mexico, appealing to Congress for health care funding after a second child died in custody.US Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said the agency was unable to cope with the thousands of arrivals, as most facilities were built decades ago for men arriving alone.We need to budget for medical care and mental healthcare for children in our facilities," McAleenan told CBS News.The official said he expected almost 25,000 migrant children to be in US custody by the end of the year -- a greater number than ever before. The child's death came with US President Donald Trump locked in a battle with Congress over funding for a border wall he says will stem migration from Latin American countries plagued by gang violence and poverty.McAleenan said the CBP was considering seeking medical support from other government agencies, among them the US Coast Guard and the Department of Defense.
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