So far there has been a 77 percent jump in the number of unaccompanied girls caught at the border this fiscal year, according to Pew Research Center.
That’s a drastic increase, especially when compared with the only slight swell in the number of unaccompanied boys who have been apprehended.
Broken down further, the biggest difference in apprehensions between the genders happens among teenagers:
The dire circumstances in these kids’ home countries might be to blame. When Fusion’s Jorge Ramos spoke with journalist Sonia Nazario about the dangers children face in Central American countries, she detailed threats of violence and rape.
These types of threats may account for the influx of young girls trying to cross the border.
The flood of immigrants crossing the border has created a humanitarian crisis, with politicians on both sides split over a solution.
As politicians continue to battle it out — possibly without any resolution — Central American leaders are converging on Washington. President Obama is slated to meet with the presidents of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador Friday at the White House, according to The New York Times.
During the meeting, he’ll reportedly push the leaders to do all they can to help stem the tide of migrant children coming to the U.S.