Rio Grande Valley – the natural border between Texas and Mexico – is ground zero for the nation's newest immigration crisis. More than 52,000 children, some as young as 2, have crossed the border alone, without a parent. WRAL reporter Leyla Santiago and photojournalist Zac Gooch traveled to Texas to trace the path of the children, find out what kind of care they’re receiving and learn how the crisis is impacting North Carolina.
In an episode of "On the Record," reporter Leyla Santiago shares personal, emotional reaction and behind-the-scenes stories from her trip to the Texas-Mexico border.
State-by-state placement of unaccompanied children
Jan. 1, 2014 - July 7, 2014
Source: Office of Refugee Resettlement
US Southwest Border Patrol Stations
Reporter Leyla Santiago
Leyla was born in the U.S. Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. She is bilingual, and her fluency in Spanish was an asset in reporting from the border. She is a University of Florida graduate and has been recognized for her work by The Associated Press and the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Photojournalist Zac Gooch
Zac has been in broadcast news for 10 years. He won two Emmys for his last documentary, When Kern Burned, and another Emmy for news editing. He is from Virginia and has also lived in Alaska and California.