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FBI: Scams Target Families of Central American Children Captured Along U.S. Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating two scams that target some of the families of the tens of thousands of Central American children who have been captured recently trying to sneak into the U.S., Al Jazeera America reports.

The telephone scams involve asking families for money for phony travel costs.

“One fraud scheme involved individuals who claimed to be representing a charitable or non-profit organization, which they claimed assists in processing and reuniting the children with their families,” Special Agent Michelle Lee told Reuters.

The scam has bilked families out of hundreds and even thousands of dollars, the FBI said.

The FBI is warning Texans to be skeptical of people claiming to be nonprofit workers.

Report: Obama Administration Ignored Warnings of Brewing Border Crisis

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Nearly a year before a flood of unaccompanied children from Central America created a crisis along the border, the Obama administration was warned that the U.S. was not adequately prepared for such a situation, the Washington Post reports.

A team of Border Patrol agents was assigned to the Fort Brown patrol station in Brownsville, Tex., and was alarmed by the potential for problems.

This year, more than 57,000 Central American migrants were caught entering the U.S. illegally, and President Obama has declared a humanitarian crisis.

The administration could have better managed the problem had it acted soon, the Post found during interviews with experts and former government officials.

Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol station chief, said the crisis was “not on anyone’s radar” and was considered a “local problem.”