The White House starting a new ad campaign to discourage Central American families from sending their children to the United States.
Since October, the Border Patrol has detained more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors, many coming into the U.S. from South Texas.
Top Central American officials claim the cartel is convincing families that their kids are welcome to the U.S.
“Cartel members are persuading parents that the U.S is allowing their children to stay in America. They are charging these families $3,000 to $5,000 per child,” said Honduras Consulate Tony Banegas.
The White House is hoping images from a new ad campaign will be disturbing enough to stop the surge.
The President is scheduled to be in Texas next week for campaign fundraising, but will not be making stops at the border or any of the detention facilities in Texas.