By Alex Stockwell NBC NewsMcALLEN, Texas —
The influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border may be triggering yet another problem for Border Patrol agents — fake family units.
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Although there are no official numbers available, there are reports of unaccompanied immigrant children being approached by adult immigrants and told to pose as a family in order to have a better chance of staying in the U.S.
Border Patrol does have a screening process for immigrant family units, but the Border Patrol lacks adequate man power and resources to thoroughly process the current overwhelming number of undocumented immigrants.
Just like the overall issue of illegal border crossings, fake family units not only raise concern from a legal standpoint, but also as a humanitarian issue.