One of the biggest stories in the news today is the influx of children crossing the Southern border illegally into the USA. The reason for this crisis seems to be that the families believe that the children will be able to stay legally in the US if they can make it here. This reasoning could be due to Deferred Action (the mini dream act) or because of recent political discussions about immigration reform. Either way, it is untrue and is a problem of epic proportions for the thousands of unaccompanied minors crossing into the USA without their parents. US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) estimate a 106% increase in the apprehension of unaccompanied minors from the 2013 fiscal year to the 2014 fiscal year (CBP Newsroom stats and statistics - Southwest Border Unaccompanied Alien Children (0-17 yr old) Apprehensions). It is yet to be determined how the US Government will solve this problem from both a legal and humanitarian standpoint. Unfortunately, several scams have popped up in an effort to exploit the families who find themselves in this precarious situation. The FBI has issued a press release and warning at the following location: http://www.fbi.gov/sanantonio/press-releases/2014/new-fraud-schemes-targeting-families-of-unaccompanied-children. If you are a family who has a child detained, please use extreme caution if you are contacted by anyone claiming to be able to get your child released. If you require the assistance of experienced immigration counsel, please do not hesitate to call Kaehne, Cottle, Pasquale & Associates, S.C. to schedule a no-cost consultation.