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U.S. Drops Undocumented Immigrants Off at Bus Stations in Arizona

| by Michael Allen

Hundreds of undocumented immigrants were recently flown from Texas to Arizona where they were dropped off at bus stations in Tucson and Phoenix.

According to AZ Central, a spokesman for the Border Patrol confirmed that 400 undocumented immigrants were caught in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and taken to Tucson to be processed because there are not enough Border Patrol agents in Texas to handle the surge in illegal immigration.

After being processed, the undocumented immigrants were taken to the bus stations (pictured).

Humanitarian organizations are concerned about undocumented immigrants left at bus stations without food, water and basic necessities such as diapers for babies. The organizations have been giving the immigrants food and water, and even help the immigrants buy bus tickets to visit relatives in other U.S. cities.

U.S. Immigration officials say that the undocumented immigrants are being released under supervision, but must report to an U.S. immigration office near their destination within 15 days.

Reuters reports that around 60,000 undocumented children, without their parents, are expected to flood over the U.S.-Mexico border, which is creating a humanitarian crisis.

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Unaccompanied, undocumented immigrants under the age of 18 will likely double in 2015 and cost U.S. taxpayers $2 billion, according to estimates by the Obama administration.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told Reuters that an emergency shelter at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, is being used to house 1,000 of the unaccompanied minors.

The children are reportedly from poverty-stricken and violent areas in Mexico, Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Sources: ReutersAZ Central