Officials at the Texas-Mexico border are trying to stop an outbreak of the swine flu, which was carried by two children when they entered the U.S. illegally.
Two detention facilities at the border were shut down after officials confirmed that the minors had the virus Friday. About 120 people were quarantined to try to prevent the contagious virus from spreading, according to the Daily Mail.
Concerns about the virus spreading come in the midst of a nationwide controversy about the rights of undocumented immigrants who are also minors. President Barack Obama recently asked for $2 billion from Congress to help centers along the border cope with the influx of immigrants coming from Central America to the U.S.
Immigration has been the focus of many politicians and media outlets recently, with individuals on both sides of the debate voicing complaints about both the country’s security and the well-being of minors who are left unaccompanied and may be in dangerous positions.
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Since October, border patrol guards have caught more than 52,000 unaccompanied minors trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
While some people are arguing for minors to be more quickly deported others are calling for more lenient immigration laws that allow family members to remain in the U.S.
‘These children are often subjected to beatings, starvation, sexual assault and are at risk of being trafficked,’ said House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), according to Fox News.
McCaul added that he thinks detention centers and military bases at the border are becoming “refugee camps.”
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Source: Daily Mail