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    Mass release of migrant families being seen in Tucson, southern Arizona

    Mass release of migrant families being seen in Tucson, southern Arizona


    • Photo Perla Trevizo / Arizona Daily Star
    • Oct 8, 2018 Updated 36 min ago




    A girl takes a plate of salad from one of the dozens of volunteers who showed up at a Tucson church this weekend to help Central American migrant families who were recently released by immigration officials.
    Photo Perla Trevizo / Arizona Daily Star

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    Surge in releases of migrant families being seen in Tucson, southern Arizona


    A Tucson church received more than 100 people, mostly migrants from Guatemala, from immigration officials over the weekend.
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    Surge in releases of migrant families being seen in Tucson, southern Arizona


    • By Perla Trevizo Arizona Daily Star


    • Oct 8, 2018 Updated 37 min ago




    A father and his daughter look for shoes at a local church that has been converted as temporary shelter space for the dozens of families being released on a daily basis by immigration officials.
    Photo Perla Trevizo / Arizona Daily Star

    Hundreds of migrant families — many apprehended in huge groups along the Arizona border with Mexico — have been released over the weekend by the Border Patrol, officials say.

    For example, more than 100 people, mostly from Guatemala, were dropped off at a local church in Tucson this weekend.

    Volunteers there quickly organized to receive them, setting up tables with donated clothes, toys and food in a converted gym.


    Teresa Cavendish, with Catholic Community Services, said the release of about 700 migrants, generally pregnant women and parents with children, appears to be part of a national directive.


    Locally, “the response has been great,” Cavendish said, “we have enough people to help.”

    Other migrants were released in Yuma, and starting today some are expected be taken to Phoenix, she said.

    Because there’s limited bed space for families, parents who pose no security risk are released with their children. They must provide the address of their U.S. destination, and are required to report to a local immigration officer near that destination within a couple of weeks to continue the processing of their case.

    Some of the migrants released in Tucson said they had arrived at the border anywhere from five to 10 days ago and had been detained at several facilities, moved every few days, before being given an appointment with immigration officials. Many of them are fitted with a GPS ankle tracker.

    Once released, volunteers help the migrants reach a friend or family member who can buy their bus ticket to places such as Texas, Tennessee and Florida. But one of the challenges, Cavendish said, is that the bus system is currently overwhelmed, in part because of the number of families, but also due to recent storms in the east.

    “Buses are sold out by the time they get here,” she said. Catholic Community Services runs Casa Alitas, a shelter that opened about four years ago when families started to arrive at the border, especially in Texas, and the government didn’t have enough bed space to detain them.

    A girl takes a plate of salad from one of the dozens of volunteers who showed up at a Tucson church this weekend to help Central American migrant families who were recently released by immigration officials.
    Photo Perla Trevizo / Arizona Daily Star

    Similar to what happened this weekend, the Department of Homeland Security dropped off close to 200 immigrants, mostly women and children, over a few days in May 2014.


    But back then there wasn’t a place like Casa Alitas, where migrants may take a shower, have a warm meal, a change of clothes and figure out their next step.

    Instead, the government would drop them off at the Tucson Greyhound station, leaving them to find their own way to cities across the country to report to immigration offices there.


    The number of mostly Central American families fleeing increased violence and entrenched poverty has continued to rise in the last four years. Instead of evading the Border Patrol, families usually wait for agents to detain them so they can ask for asylum or they go directly to a port of entry.

    As of August, about 17,000 minors who traveled alone and parents who came with their children were apprehended in the Yuma sector. About 75 percent of the total arrests made in the sector for fiscal year 2018 are minors and families.
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    Diapers, baby food and other baby items fill a cart at an impromptu shelter Tucson volunteers put together this weekend in response to a sudden rise in the number of migrant and asylum-seeking families being released by the federal government.
    Photo Perla Tervizo / Arizona Daily Star

    In Tucson, Border Patrol agents apprehended about 8,500 minors and families during the same period of time — but their share is less than 40 percent of total arrests.


    In an attempt to deter parents from making the journey with their children, the Trump administration implemented a “zero-tolerance” policy in April to prosecute everyone who crossed the border illegally which led to the separation of more than 2,600 children.

    After intense criticism, the president signed an executive order in June halting the practice.

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    We need to admit that we not only have a President who betrayed us about a Wall, we have a President who is "open borders".


    During the past six weeks, Commander Karisch reports the following large groups of illegal immigrants apprehended in the Yuma and Tucson Sectors:

    • Oct. 2 — Yuma Sector encountered 164 adults and children west of the San Luis Port of Entry.
    • Sept. 25 — Ajo Station Border Patrol agents encountered 264 adults and children west of the Lukeville Port of Entry.
    • Sept. 20 — Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents encountered 275 adults and children, 20 of whom had to be transported to the hospital to be treated for a range of conditions including: back and ankle injuries, lacerations, lice infestation, and impetigo.
    • Sept. 16 — Ajo Station Border Patrol agents encountered 193 adults and children west of the Lukeville Port of Entry.
    • Sept. 8 — Ajo Station Border Patrol agents encountered 121 adults and children near the Senita Basin north of Lukeville.
    • Sept. 4 — Ajo Station Border Patrol agents encountered 163 adults and children west of Lukeville’s Port of Entry.
    • Aug. 28 — Ajo Station Border Patrol agents encountered 103 adults and children west of Lukeville’s Port of Entry.
    • Aug. 20 — Ajo Station agents encountered 128 illegal immigrants who had been abandoned by their smugglers.

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