To match feature USA-IMMIGRATION/CHILDREN

 
To match feature USA-IMMIGRATION/CHILDREN
Children, recently caught by the U.S. Border Patrol and repatriated, eat lunch at Camino a Casa (the Path Home) a welfare project in Nogales, Sonora State, November 17, 2006. Since January, Mexican authorities say some 6,800 youngsters have been repatriated to northern Sonora state after crossing into southern Arizona, a rise of 20 percent over the same period last year. They say most are seeking to join moms and dads who already live stateside but who are increasingly reluctant to head back to Mexico to pick up their children because of tighter security along the 2,000-mile (3,200-km) line. To match feature USA-IMMIGRATION/CHILDREN REUTERS/Amiran White (MEXICO)