Jun 20, 2014 9:50 PM by Lauren Reimer
NOGALES - In the last few months, the number of minors caught crossing the border illegally has increased by nearly 1000%. Leaders in Washington are now calling it a 'national security crisis.'
"We're seeing a humanitarian disaster, one of the administration's own making," said House Speaker John Boehner. In a letter, he asked President Obama to send National Guard troops to the border to help the deal with the surge of unaccompanied minors
"And the administration's actions have only served to encourage more illegal crossings. It's another situation that appears to have caught the administration flat-footed," said Boehner.
Martha Cantu lives in Rio Rico; she brought her two children to Nogales for ice cream, Friday.
She says she has no real security concerns coming here, but thinks troops would help make the border town even safer. "I think it's a good idea to take care of little bit more of the border. It's a little town so I think there's going to be more safety for everybody"
But extra safety might come with its own consequences.
Nogales Music Center General Manager Frank Shirley worries some of his customers might be scared away by the idea of a military presence in Nogales.
"A lot if people are just afraid if even to cross the border. I mean of course it depends on the person."
No word yet on if the call for help will be answered by the White House