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Some of the children say they can wait more than a month before meeting with someone who can help connect them with a family member or other sponsor inside the United States.

The president of Guatemala had a private piece of advice for Vice President Kamala Harris when she visited earlier this summer, on her goal of slowing the rush of hopeful migrants to the US border with Mexico.

In the pre-dawn darkness, Border Patrol Agent Jesse Moreno slowed his SUV and raked the beam of his flashlight across a stretch of flooded scrub, searching for signs of life: flattened grass, a slight rustle, a sneaker.

United States officials said Friday that the number of migrants arriving at the southwestern border last month was the largest in years, a sign that the surge this year may extend into the hotter summer months when numbers typically start dropping.

President Biden came under renewed pressure on immigration Friday as the authorities said the largest number of migrants in years arrived at the border with Mexico last month and a federal judge in Texas raised legal questions about an Obama-era program that protects young immigrants from deportation.

The Biden administration faces the possibility of another immigration headache, as it weighs whether to more widely reopen US borders in the near future — just days from the current travel restrictions expiring.

More than 1 million migrants have been arrested after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border since last October, according to two US Department of Homeland Security officials, surpassing the 2019 border crisis tally with three months still left in the fiscal year

“My trip to Guatemala and Mexico was about addressing the root causes,” Harris said during final remarks on her trip. “The stories that I heard and the interactions that we had today reinforce the nature of those root causes.”

Kamala Harris wants big US companies to invest in Central America.

In the predawn hours one rainy day last week, dozens of Mexicans and Central Americans made their way across the Rio Grande and up the riverbanks into Texas’ Rio Grande Valley.