Flow Of Child Immigrants Slows Along Texas Border

A detainee sleeps in a holding cell at a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing facility. (File)

McALLEN (August 7, 2014) The flow of unaccompanied immigrant children across the Texas-Mexico border has slowed considerably in recent weeks, allowing the federal government to close the temporary shelters that were hurriedly opened to handle the surge, officials said.

Arrests in South Texas have fallen to about 100 per day, down from 300 or more in June, the U.S. Border Patrol said.

The decline could be the result of summer temperatures or a messaging campaign in both the U.S. and the migrants' home countries, but no one knows for sure.

Authorities are careful not to say that the crisis has passed because when temperatures subside, children could be back in greater numbers.

The White House has shied away from taking credit for the decrease, which gives the administration more time to deal with immigrants who have already arrived.