Hundreds more migrant children shipped to Arizona from Texas
Monday, June 09, 2014 - 01:25
June 10 - Hundreds of children who crossed the U.S. border illegally are transported to Arizona from Texas, as the Obama administration announces more emergency housing in Oklahoma to deal with the surge of Central American migrants. Vanessa Johnston reports.
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Hundreds of children who crossed the U.S. border illegally were transported to Arizona from Texas over the weekend.
Texas is struggling to cope with the influx of unauthorized migrants from Central America.
The Border Patrol said the number of children crossing alone is up 92% from last summer.
Nogalas, Arizona Mayor Arturo Garino met the children in a former warehouse where they're now being kept.
SOUNDBITE (English) NOGALES, ARIZONA MAYOR ARTURO GARINO SAYING:
"I didn't see anybody crying, anybody that had issues, except for two little girls I talked to who told me they were sad. And I ask why and they said that they missed their parents."
Members of the community are donating clothes to support the young migrants.
SOUNDBITE (English) PAT HEMANN, DONATING CLOTHES, SAYING:
"Children are children, and they're children of the world and are the responsibility of all of us."
The Obama administration said on Monday it was designating a third U.S. military base - in Fort Sill, Oklahoma - as emergency housing for the children.
Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin says she was barely given any notice.
SOUNDBITE (English) OKLAHOMA GOVERNOR MARY FALLIN SAYING:
"We don't have the answers to the questions. We know that Oklahoma will be burdened if these children should be released into Oklahoma."
The shipping of migrants to other states has also rankled Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who has repeatedly clashed with Obama over illegal immigration.
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