- The Washington Times - Monday, July 21, 2014

The White House on Monday took partial credit for a significant drop in the number of unaccompanied children arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border in recent weeks.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reports that preliminary data show that, last month, an average of 355 children were apprehended each day along the border in the Rio Grande Valley.

Thus far in July, that number has dropped to an average of about 150 a day, Mr. Earnest said.

“We do believe the administration’s response and efforts to work with Central American leaders … as well as seasonal flows have all played a part,” he said. “We want to make sure we do not find ourselves in a similar situation in the years to come.”

Mr. Earnest also said that President Obama will meet with Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and other members of his national security team later Monday afternoon to discuss the situation at the border.

Mr. Obama is seeking $3.7 billion from Congress to beef up border security, hire more immigration judges and take other steps to stop the flood of children from Central America from showing up at the border and, in some cases, to return them to their native countries.

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