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Lico Reyes, Chair
Texas LULAC Immigration

From the LULAC TX IMMIGRATION Committee:

LULAC TX IMMIGRATION report Monday, June 25, 2014

Lico Reyes – LULAC TX Immigration Chair

Committee members: Daniel Morris, Lawyer; Terry Mesa, Lawyer; Andrea Reyes, German
Immigrant and Gonzalo Hidalgo, Chihuahua Mexico Liaison.

Feds say they
will discourage child immigration


NOGALES, Ariz. (AP) — Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned Central American families on
Wednesday that "there is no free pass" in the U.S. immigration system after touring an Arizona facility holding
hundreds of children apprehended at the border in recent weeks.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer, who has long been a staunch critic of the Obama administration's immigration policies,
toured the converted warehouse in Nogales with Johnson and declared that the government is not doing its job in
stifling the overwhelming surge in children illegally migrating to the U.S.

"Dang it, the federal government has got a job to do," she said. Asked whether the state should provide resources
during what many say is a humanitarian crisis,

Brewer said only that the federal government has made it clear she does not have any authority in addressing illegal

Brewer was referring to a federal lawsuit against Arizona after Brewer signed into law the sweeping immigration bill
known as SB 1070.

Thousands of Central American families and unaccompanied children have been coming to the U.S. in recent months
as they flee violence, murders and extortion from criminal gangs in Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.

Many of them are under the impression that they will receive leniency from U.S. authorities once they get here.

"I want to continue to emphasize to all those who are listening, including the parents of kids, parents that may be
considering sending their kid from Central America, that this journey is a dangerous one and at the end of it there is
no free pass,

there is no 'permisos' for your children to come to the United States," Johnson said.

But while Johnson has vowed to spread his message, Brewer says the federal government is not doing enough to
stop the migration.

About 900 children are being held in the Nogales facility where they are processed and then turned over to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services while undergoing removal proceedings.

They are often reunited with their families in the U.S. before their immigration court cases play out.

Johnson says the kids have adequate care.

"I have to say that the kids, while this is not an ideal situation, look as if they're being well-taken care of under the
circumstance," Johnson said.

But the DHS chief has kept mum about how many children have been sent to Arizona, how many have been released
and how many have reported back to immigration officials as required.

Immigration officials have also released a large number of women with children who crossed the border illegally into
Texas, dropping them off at Greyhound stations in Phoenix and Tucson with the expectation that they will report back
within 15 days.

Officials have declined to answer how many have actually reported back.

Border Patrol agents have apprehended more than 52,000 immigrant children crossing the border alone since the
start of the budget year last October. That included 9,000 in May alone.

Most have been caught in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, which has run out of space and resources to process the

The surge in crossings has prompted the Department of Homeland Security to fly many of those kids to Arizona for

The department is also using military bases in Texas, California and Oklahoma to house the children before they are
placed with a parent or relative.

Other facilities in Artesia, New Mexico, where the Border Patrol training academy is located, and Tucson, Arizona,
are being set up to house immigrants.

Doris Suyapa Leyba Juarez is one of the thousands of people who have come to the U.S. from Central America in
the recent immigration surge.

As she sat on the ground in a dark corner of a Phoenix Greyhound station last month holding a 2-year-old girl, the
mother of five said she wanted to come to the U.S. to give her kids the educational opportunities she didn't have in

"I just want my kids to study. I can't read or write," she said.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson gestures as he talks about his visit to the US Customs and Border
Protection facility in Nogales , Ariz., Wednesday June 25, 2014,.

Johnson says he will continue to discourage parents from sending their kids to the U.S. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star,

The U.S? Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, front
left, emerges from the US Customs and Border Protection facility in Nogales, Ariz., Wednesday June 25, 2014, after seeing

the large number of unaccompanied children who have entered the country mostly from Central America. Johnson says he
will continue to discourage parents from sending their kids to the U.S. (AP Photo/Arizona Daily Star, A.E. Araiza)


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