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article imageDesperate and alone, immigrant children to be housed in Dallas

By Greta McClain     Jun 28, 2014 in World
Dallas - More than 1,000 unaccompanied children who crossed illegally into Texas earlier this month are on their way to shelters in Dallas, Texas.
Undocumented minors flooding into the United States through the southwest boarders is nothing new. However, there has been a noticeable surge of unaccompanied children flooding in the the United States over the last couple of months, leaving Boarder Patrol detention facilities overcrowded and agents unable to effectively handle the sudden influx.
On June 6, 2014, 432 unaccompanied children were transferred from South Texas to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection processing center in Nogales, Arizona according to the L.A. Times. Over the course of the next two days, an estimated 734 more children were moved to the same facility.
As reported by Digital Journal earlier this month, federal officials did not consult with Arizona authorities before transferring the children to Arizona, and some children were reportedly put on buses and dropped off at bus stations in Tuscon and Phoenix.
During a speech at the Texas Democratic Convention, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins announced a little over an hour ago that officials are opening shelters to house more than 1,000 minors, most of which have fled to the United States from Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala in order to escape severe poverty, drug cartel and gang violence.
Judge Jenkins told the convention:
“I believe that every child is precious, and that regardless of your stance on immigration or the causes for this human tragedy, we cannot turn our back on the children that are already here. We can’t help all, but we can help some.”
Some reports have surfaced alleging some of the children making their way to the United States have been sold into the sex trade. Jenkins told delegates at the convention:
"I think to myself, ‘What sort of desperate circumstances would cause Chrissy and I to make a decision to send our eight-year-old daughter to a foreign land without one of us?’”
Some of the children will be housed in a facility at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. Catholic Charities in Fort Worth will also be assisting in sheltering some of the children.
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