Deportation data won't dispel rumors drawing migrant minors to U.S. - Los Angeles Times New statistics released under a Freedom of Information Act show that deportations of minors have plunged during the Obama administration even as the number of children illegally crossing has topped 52,000 since the fall. The number of these immigrants who were deported or turned away at ports of entry dropped from 8,143 in 2008, the last year of George W. Bush’s administration, to 1,669 last year. Advocates point out that gang violence is driving these children out of their home countries, and they are rightfully getting a chance to seek asylum from an immigration judge.
Amid Border Crisis, Advocates Talk Next Steps On Immigration - NBC News Advocates' demands for a stop to deportations are falling on deaf ears now that the federal government is dealing with the tens of thousands of young people flowing to the border. Groups such as the DRM Action Coalition "said the administration has been asking advocates to lower their expectations of what the president will do by executive order." But advocates say they continue to press for a halt to deportations, and maintain that it is still up to House Republicans to pass the comprehensive immigration reform they say is needed to prevent future border crises.
South Texas Shows Drama Behind Illegal Immigration - Associated Press Border patrol agents and the children and families crossing the Texas border illegally have a developed an informal system: immigrants come up to agents, sometimes dozens in a group, while government buses await their arrival, idling near the border wall. Many of the immigrants come, told that they will be eventually released. From the story: "for parents with young children, that has largely been true because the U.S. has only one long-term family detention facility in Pennsylvania, and it's full. Most parents are handed notices to appear at the immigration office closest to their destination and dropped off at bus stations across the Southwest."
Third immigrant plane lands in San Diego - ABC 10 News — As protestors stake out the Border Patrol station in Murrieta, Calif. north of San Diego, Central American immigrants continue to arrive by plane. A Border Patrol official told 10News that some of earlier arrivals have been dealing with health issues such as scabies and head lice.
Oklahoma town divided on influx of immigrant kids to Army base - Al Jazeera America Controversy over unaccompanied immigrant children has been focused in California because of the Murrieta protests, but there is just as much division in Oklahama. The state's Fort Sill is one of three temporary shelters opened by the federal government to house the children. (The other two are Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Tex., and a naval base in California's Ventura County.) Gov. Mary Fallin has led the state's elected Republicans in blaming the Obama administration for "what appears to be an endless cycle of illegal immigration, temporary housing and eventual amnesty for those who have broken our laws."