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US government predicted child immigrant surge

A document published in January by a website promoting federal government opportunities indicates government officials expected a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children to enter the United States. (Source: CBS 5 News) A document published in January by a website promoting federal government opportunities indicates government officials expected a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children to enter the United States. (Source: CBS 5 News)
From Jan. 1 through June 15, more than 42,000 unaccompanied children poured across the Mexican border into the U.S. (Source: CBS 5 News) From Jan. 1 through June 15, more than 42,000 unaccompanied children poured across the Mexican border into the U.S. (Source: CBS 5 News)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

A document published in January by a website promoting federal government opportunities indicates government officials expected a surge of unaccompanied immigrant children to enter the United States.

On Jan. 29, the Department of Homeland Security posted a request for information, or RFI. The post is titled "Escort Services for Unaccompanied Alien Children."

"ICE is seeking the services of a responsible vendor that shares the philosophy of treating all UAC with dignity and respect, while adhering to standard operating procedures and policies that allow for an effective, efficient and incident-free transport," the document reads. "There will be approximately 65,000 UAC (unaccompanied alien children) in total."

"Escort services" are described in the ad as assisting children with transportation, food and clothing.

Read the entire ad HERE.

In Nogales last Wednesday, Gov. Jan Brewer accused the federal government of not being honest or forthright. She pointed to the ad as proof that no one at DHS or the White House should be expressing surprise at the ballooning numbers of children crossing the border traveling alone.

DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson took tough questions from a Congressional committee on the issue last week.

"Why was the administration surprised? Why are we acting surprised now if in January we expected this to happen, and why weren't we prepared?" asked Rep. Lou Barletta, R-PA.

"I don't know where that estimate came from," responded Secretary Johnson. "I don't know who created the 65,000 estimate. We've known this has been a problem since I took office six months ago."

The problem has become exponentially worse just within the past six months.

Government statistics reveal that from Oct. 1 through the end of December, almost 10,000 kids crossed the border alone.

From Jan. 1 through June 15, more than 42,000 kids poured across the Mexican border.

ICE provided a statement to CBS5 indicating that ICE has not entered into any contract that specifically deals with immigrant children.

The spokesperson indicated the ad was essentially the first in a multi-step process to gauge interest among potential contractors and that a formal request for proposals could go out later this summer.

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

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