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Texas orders border security surge

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 01:38

June 19 - Texas leaders have announced a plan to beef up border security following the arrival of tens of thousands of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Texas leaders announced a law enforcement surge on the Texas-Mexico border Wednesday. As the federal government struggles to cope with the influx of unaccompanied child migrants -- some 47,000 since October 2013 -- they fear criminals and gangs could slip through the cracks. Speaking in Washington, Texas Senator John Cornyn. SOUNDBITE (English) REPUBLICAN SENATOR FROM TEXAS, JOHN CORNYN, SAYING: "Unless we send a clear, unambiguous message that our border is secure and our immigration laws are being enforced, we can expect more and more Central American migrants." The extra security will cost about 1.3 million dollars per week. Bill Holston is the Executive Director of the Human Rights Initiative in Dallas. His organization helps unaccompanied child migrants obtain legal status in the U.S. He's helped 45 children this year -- double the number of all of last year. SOUNDBITE (English) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATIVE, BILL HOLSTON, SAYING: "There's no indication this is going to slow up, and every indication is that's going to increase. I don't see any end in sight." Holston admits that obtaining legal status isn't easy. SOUNDBITE (English) EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATIVE, BILL HOLSTON, SAYING: "The fact that they get up here, and that they're fleeing violence, doesn't give them any grounds for relief at all. So, the only way they get to stay here in the U.S. legally, is through this special immigration juvenile status visa." Many children have been sent to federal facilities, such as this one in Nogales, Arizona. They often say they've come to the U.S. to reunite with their parents or to flee gang violence.

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Texas orders border security surge

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - 01:38