WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Congress is back from recess and under pressure to respond to the crisis of thousands of children all surging across the border on their own and ending up in the D.C. area.
Some of the children took to the streets in front of the White House on Monday, demanding the president to fulfill campaign promises.
Bruce Leshan reports the administration says most of the children will end up being deported. Children as young as the age of five have fled the violence and poverty of Central America for a 1,000 mile journey alone or with traffickers.
Many of the children hope to reunite with their parents who are already here. At least 52,000 children have come into the county over the last nine months.
Immigrant advocates still hope the president will deliver immigration reform. The White House is now saying most of the unaccompanied children will end up being deported. Most of the children will not have a legal basis, and will not be found the court process to have a legal basis to remain in the country.
The president is now asking congress for another $2 billion for enforcement at the border. He is also planning to speed up deportations of immigrant children.