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(CNN) – The surge of undocumented children streaming across the border into packed detention centers in the United States is now both a humanitarian crisis, and a political hot potato.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a potential presidential candidate, blames the influx squarely on the White House.
"When the President of the United States announces to the world, 'Amnesty for those who have broken the law,' the consequence is people respond to that," Cruz said Monday, speaking at San Antonio's Lackland Air Force Base, where several unaccompanied minors are being held in a temporary shelter.
The White House hasn't announced amnesty for those who have broken the law, the problem is still very real, and having major consequences for American border towns.
Democratic mayor of Laredo, Texas, Raul Salinas says 1,500 undocumented individuals from Central America cross into the U.S. every day, a fifth of which are unaccompanied children and minors.
Watch our interview with Mayor Salinas in the video above.
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