The number of children entering the United States without adults after difficult and dangerous journeys from Central America has been rising dramatically.
More than 50,000 unaccompanied minors have been detained on the U.S.-Mexico border this year -- most from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Spikes in violence and poverty are some of the reasons parents send their children north.
NBC4's Gadi Schwartz traveled to Guatemala July 6 to visit the front lines of the border crisis. Follow his journey below and watch for updates on the NBC4 News at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m.
Local news from across Southern California
Friday, July 11
Deportation Fears: Immigrants share deportation tales. Watch video
Dispatch: Inside an airport processing center for immigrants. Watch Video
Thursday, July 10
Guatemalan Foreign Minister: In response to the mass immigration of children and families from Central America and Mexico to the United States, the Guatemalan government is launching a campaign to discourage more people from leaving. Watch Video
Wednesday, July 9
Dispatch: More details emerge about why tens of thousands of women and children are making the dangerous journey from Central America across Mexico into the United States. Watch Video
Dispatch: The perils border crossers face heading north. Watch Video
Dispatch: Some of the ways unaccompanied minors round up enough money for the journey north. Watch Video
Dispatch: Repairs are being made to the rail track on which "The Beast" train travels north. Watch Video
Dispatch: Some of the dangers of traveling north on roads in Mexico. Watch Video
Ferryman Charges $1 for Crossing: Human smugglers in Central America are allegedly misleading local residents and telling them that they will be accepted by the U.S. government, according to an NBC4 report. Watch Video
Tuesday, July 8
Dispatch: The dangers encountered by children caught in the border crisis. A look ahead to some of the stories from Tapachula, Mexico. Watch Video
Monday, July 7
Dispatch: A look at the immigration issue from the perspective of Mexicans surveyed by a newspaper. Watch Video
Dispatch: An earthquake shakes parts of the Central American nation of Guatemala. Traveling to the region to cover the aftermath. Watch Video
Reach of Drug Cartel Recruitment: Unaccompanied minors are recruited by drug cartels to become assassins in exchange for safe passage into the U.S. The promises, however, often go unfulfilled. Watch video
Sunday, July 6
Journey to Central America: As NBC4 prepares to head to the front lines of the border crisis, a local priest who just returned from a trip to Guatemala is speaking about the issues driving people to cross the border illegally. Watch Video