WashPost lead story, "Aides were warned of border crisis: Obama administration initially saw influx of children as a ‘local problem,’ one expert says," by David Nakamura, Jerry Markon and Manuel Roig-Franzia: "In a 41-page report [last year] to the Department of Homeland Security, [a] team from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) raised alarms about the federal government’s capacity to manage a situation that was expected to grow worse. The researchers’ observations were among the warning signs conveyed to the Obama administration over the past two years as a surge of Central American minors has crossed into south Texas illegally. More than 57,000 have entered the United States this year, swamping federal resources and catching the government unprepared.

"The administration did too little to heed those warnings, according to interviews with former government officials, outside experts and immigrant advocates, leading to an inadequate response that contributed to this summer’s escalating crisis. Federal officials viewed the situation as a ‘local problem,’ said Victor Manjarrez Jr., a former Border Patrol station chief who led the UTEP study. The research, conducted last year, was funded by the Department of Homeland Security and published in March." wapo.st/Wmcmoy