Tuesday, July 15, 2014

AZMEX I3 15-7-14

AZMEX I3 15 JUL 2014

Updated Jul 15, 2014 - 1:20 pm
Immigrant child busing to southern Arizona facility delayed
By KTAR.com
Originally published: Jul 15, 2014 - 12:09 pm


PHOENIX -- Several busloads of Latin American children will not be dropped off at a southern Arizona facility on Tuesday, a congressman's office said.

The office of Rep. Raul Grijalva confirmed reports the children would not be dropped off at Sycamore Canyon Academy in Oracle, Ariz.

The buses would have been met by about 100 protesters who do not want the facility used to house illegal immigrant children.

"We will turn the buses around. They will not get through us," said protester Ron Thompson. "We are not willing to accept this. It's an illegal act by the federal government -- the Obama Administration to be specific. These are illegal people and they should be deported."

Many of those who plan to demonstrate say they will risk arrest to make sure the government doesn't succeed in dropping the children off in Oracle.

The protest was similar to that held in Murrieta, Calif., that forced several buses carrying immigrant children to be rerouted.

There was no immediate timetable for the children to be taken to the ranch. It is unknown if that is still the plan.


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Immigrants posing as "fake families" to stay in the U.S.
The influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border may be triggering yet another problem for Border Patrol agents--fake family units.

Although there are no official numbers available, there are reports of unaccompanied immigrant children being approached by adult immigrants and told to pose as a family in order to have a better chance of staying in the U.S.

Border Patrol does have a screening process for immigrant family units, but the Border Patrol lacks adequate man power and resources to thoroughly process the current overwhelming number of undocumented immigrants.

Just like the overall issue of illegal border crossings, fake family units not only raise concern from a legal standpoint, but also as a humanitarian issue.

Read more: http://bit.ly/1qcBqMb


Protest planned as undocumented children arrive at Oracle ranch

Posted: Jul 15, 2014 5:46 AM PDT
Updated: Jul 15, 2014 7:50 AM PDT
By Kevin Adger - email


ORACLE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
A large group of undocumented children are scheduled to be moved to a boy's ranch near Oracle, Arizona.

Sycamore Canyon Academy is a facility for troubled youths. The federal government has not given a specific time when the buses of children will arrive.

One protest group is already set up in front of the ranch entrance this morning, while another in support of the children has left a church on the south side and is traveling to the ranch.

Officials with Sycamore Canyon Academy say there was an urgent request by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to provide safe and temporary care for the children.

The children will be on the campus until they are processed and placed with a sponsor or returned to their home country.

Officials with the ranch have released a statement on the situation. They are not taking a position on the immigration debate in any way. "Our mission is to improve the lives of youth and we will continue to fulfill our mission by focusing on our work with children."

The protest group has already been asked to move their vehicles from blocking the road, according to officials with the Pinal County Sheriff's Office, who are on hand to provide security for the busload of children. PCSO is also saying the academy has increased their staff by 30 people to help with the children.

A spokesperson for the group has said moving their vehicle's does not matter, they will block the bus from entering by standing in the street instead. Though when asked by law enforcement to move they will comply. The group plans to be on site until at least 7 p.m. this evening.


Supporters in Oracle to welcome children to Sycamore Canyon Academy
Posted: Jul 15, 2014 6:00 AM PDT
Updated: Jul 15, 2014 8:15 AM PDT
By Maria Hechanova - email


TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -
Supporters of the undocumented children are now in Oracle this morning. The group met at the Southside Presbyterian Church at 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and caravanned to Oracle.

The group arrived a short time ago and plan on welcoming the busload of children from the Nogales center.

According to one of the supporters they plan on being a 'peaceful presence' for the children, who may have experienced violence in their home countries. They do not plan on confronting the protesters who are also at the entrance to Sycamore Canyon Academy.

Tucson's supporters are hoping that a larger group from Phoenix will be joining them shortly, swelling their number to almost 100. They also plan on being in the area until 11 a.m. today.

Stay with Tucson News Now for more on this situation.


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