United States Customs and Border officials will indefinitely continue processing hundreds of immigrant children from Central America, caught crossing the border illegally from Mexico to into Texas. The Obama Administration and immigration authorities have only provided few details about how they are dealing with the influx of immigrant children, but our Los Angeles immigration attorneys have learned that these children are being flown from Texas to Nogales, Arizona to be housed.
Politicians from Arizona have criticized the transfer of hundreds of undocumented children to a State already known for its immigration problems. Nogales mayor, Arturo Garino, toured the massive facility where the children are being housed, where State officials say roughly 700 to 1,000 children, mostly from Central America and ranging in age from 5-17, are being sent after being caught crossing into Texas. These children are mostly on their own, which is complicating and overwhelming Border Patrol agents in Texas. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security began flying immigrants from Texas to Arizona earlier this month, in an effort to deal with this big influx of migrant children.
Mexican immigrants who are caught crossing the border are typically deported immediately, but it is far more difficult to deport immigrants from Central American countries, especially unaccompanied children. Federal authorities are already stating plans for the facility to be transitional, where children will be vaccinated and given medical checkups. The children will then be sent to facilities set up in Ventura, California; San Antonio, TX and in Oklahoma.
Many of these children are under the impression that they may enter the country and qualify for President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, however, one of the main requirements of this is that he or she entered before June 2007. If you need your immigration questions answered for FREE, contact our experienced U.S. immigration lawyer now.