Amid a surge of undocumented and unaccompanied Central American children flooding into the United States, about 100 children were being processed at the San Ysidro entry point on Tuesday, according to Team 10 sources.
Most of the children from Central America have come through the Texas border, but this group, sources said, came through Mexico just south of San Diego.
Team 10 staff shot video that showed children from about five years old to teenagers lining up to be processed on the U.S. side of the border. The video was taken early Tuesday afternoon on the walkway into Mexico at San Ysidro. The videographer was asked to leave by private security.
Federal government sources with direct knowledge said the children were attempting to enter the country en masse. It was believed this group of about 100 are from both Mexico and Central America.
However, a federal public relations agent for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in an email the number was incorrect.
"A group of 40 individuals arrived to the San Ysidro port of entry this morning," the agent wrote to Team 10. "The group included children and adults. Due to privacy laws, CBP is unable to further discuss the specifics of this case."
This group, regardless of where they came from, is in addition to thousands of other people including children, who are crossing the border into the U.S. since late last year.
Most are coming to escape violence in Central American countries and are traveling through Mexico to reach the U.S.
*Editor's note, 8:15 a.m. Wednesday: Team 10 asked ICE late Tuesday afternoon to direct us to the privacy laws cited in the statement above. This story will again be updated when we are provided an answer.
Update: At 12:15 p.m. Thursday, an ICE spokesperson cited the federal privacy law the agency was using to withhold information about the group.
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