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    100 migrant kids sent to Lackland AFB

    100 migrant kids sent to Lackland

    By Sig Christenson and Jason Buch
    Updated 06:53 p.m., Monday, April 16, 2012

    A surge of young people trying to cross the border has led to the need to place 100 unaccompanied, undocumented children at Lackland AFB.

    No one can say why their numbers have risen dramatically in the past six months, even as overall apprehensions of illegal immigrants are down nationwide.

    “All anyone can do is speculate about what's going on,” said Lavinia Limón, president and CEO of the U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.

    Health and Human Services' division of Unaccompanied Children's Services, charged with caring for children caught crossing the border, has taken in 7,000 to 8,000 undocumented children annually over the past three years, but has cared for more than 5,000 youngsters since October. It has seen a jump of 77 percent in the first three months of 2012. Meanwhile, Border Patrol reported apprehending a record-low 340,000 people, down from 1 million as recently as 2006.

    The Air Force and HHS said the first of the children arrived on the base today, with more arriving Tuesday. They'll stay in an unused 1,000-student dormitory with showers and a dining hall.

    “We're simply providing the temporary housing,” said Brent Boller, a spokesman for Joint Base San Antonio, which oversees Lackland, Fort Sam Houston and Randolph AFB.

    Health and Human Services' division of Unaccompanied Children's Services brought the children to San Antonio because there was no more room in the facilities where they usually stay.

    Linda Brandmiller, director of immigration services for Catholic Charities in San Antonio, said unaccompanied children are not housed in immigrant detention centers.

    The 2002 Homeland Security Act required that Health and Human Services adopt a child welfare-based model of care. Government housing is usually temporary until kids can be placed in a foster home or with a family member, should the children seek legal status in the U.S.

    They are living in 13 states, with the government providing housing, health care and psychiatric treatment. Ultimately, nearly nine in every 10 migrant children are reunited with their families.

    They often leave their homes and communities to find family members in the United States, but many flee abusive surroundings and exploitation. Most often caught at the border, HHS said, they also come here because of political persecution and to work.

    Nonprofits that take on the cases of these children must learn if they qualify for legal status, like asylum, Brandmiller said. They also must decide if visas can be obtained for children who were neglected, abused, abandoned, victimized by crime or cannot be reunited with their parents.

    “We have to be careful about turning these children back to an unknown destiny without at least exploring what their options are,” said Brandmiller said.

    Two-thirds of the children come from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras. Just 12 percent come from Mexico. Roughly eight in every 10 are boys, with 83 percent older than 14. The oldest is 17.

    Limón said only half of the children crossing the border are caught. A majority of those calling her organization for help say they fled after being forcibly recruited into gangs and prostitution. That typically happens when victims are as young as 12 or 13.

    “The children are recruited quite early and it is very difficult for them to resist, and so the ones who don't want to be part of those kinds of activities take off,” explained Limón, whose group advocates for refugees and helps them become U.S. citizens.

    Boller would not say where the children would stay on Lackland, but it is not the first time a San Antonio base has been used for displaced people. In 2005, Building 171 on Lackland's Kelly Annex was used to house victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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    Linda Brandmiller, director of immigration services for Catholic Charities in San Antonio, said unaccompanied children are not housed in immigrant detention centers.
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    The Catholic Church is a politically active behemoth attempting to morph the United States into Mexico through it's universal drive to force amnesty for millions of Mexicans on unwilling American citizens.

    This political activity by law disqualifies them from tax exemption, and they should immediately have it removed and fall into the same category as any other political action committee, because that is what they are - A POLITICAL MACHINE PUSHING FOR AMNESTY.

    Indeed, the plight of these now orphaned children is the direct result of the CATHOLIC CHURCH's AMNESTY PROPAGANDA DRIVE in both Mexico and the United States, MISLEADING Mexicans to believe they can gain citizenship and access to United States government benefits simply by including their children in their illegal crossings over the border.
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    NO AMNESTY

    Don't reward the criminal actions of millions of illegal aliens by giving them citizenship.


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    Indeed, the plight of these now orphaned children is the direct result of the CATHOLIC CHURCH's AMNESTY PROPAGANDA DRIVE in both Mexico and the United States, MISLEADING Mexicans to believe they can gain citizenship and access to United States government benefits simply by including their children in their illegal crossings over the border.
    As I read this, H2, it sounds like they are coming by themselves and we have unaccompanied children coming in. Sounds like the DREAM Act is a big draw.

    Linda Brandmiller, director of immigration services for Catholic Charities in San Antonio, said unaccompanied children are not housed in immigrant detention centers.
    They often leave their homes and communities to find family members in the United States
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