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Migrants escaping violence, poverty in coming to US

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The White House says other stable countries also are facing problems with migrants. (Source: FOX) The White House says other stable countries also are facing problems with migrants. (Source: FOX)

(FOX) - A massive surge of migrants into the U.S. has created both a political and humanitarian crisis.

The White House is trying to find homes for those who made it to the U.S. illegally while also working to curb the influx of migrants.

Busloads of migrants are being shipped out of the U.S. as officials work to tighten up the border.

Some migrants say they have little choice but to flee to the United States, eager to escape violence, poverty and sometimes worse.

"For good reason the whole world is going to the U.S. because there is a crisis," said one deported mother.

One family says they are running from what they say is a guaranteed death sentence after failing to pay protection money to criminals.

"You are paying for protection to the same people that threaten you. In the neighborhood where we lived, the criminals are in charge," said a migrant from Honduras.

Some parents say they have little choice but to send their children ahead.

Since October of last year, border patrol agents have apprehended more than 52,000 immigrant children crossing the border alone.

Border authorities have their hands full trying to house those that are already in the U.S. along with working to curb the surge of folks coming to America illegally.

Some are blaming the Obama administration for its failed policies while the White House says other countries are facing similar problems.

"The reason we have those thousands crossing the border is because of poor policy in the first place," said Dave Brat, a GOP candidate for the U.S. House in Virginia.

"Other more stable countries in Central America are also seeing an influx in the number of immigrants seeking to enter their country," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Vice President Joe Biden has met with faith leaders and refugee advocates as the White House tries to figure out just what to do with the thousands migrating to the U.S.

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