Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer is angry over an influx of undocumented children since the Memorial Day weekend.
It’s not just because they’re in the U.S. illegally, but because the federal government is dumping them in her state.
What’s behind these walls in Nogales, Arizona has many angry and here’s why.
On the other side of these chain-linked fences are children – hundreds of them – seemingly laying on the floor, covered in thermal blankets.
This is where immigration officials are moving more than a thousand undocumented children to this makeshift detention center this weekend, just inside the Arizona-Mexico border.
Arizona’s governor highly critical of the move – releasing a statement on Friday saying in part, quote:
“I am disturbed and outraged that President Obama’s administration continues to implement this dangerous and inhumane policy, meanwhile neglecting to answer crucial questions our citizens demand and deserve. What I learned from federal officials today only raises more questions about this operation, and the few answers I did receive have only heightened my concerns. Citizens demand – and so should the media – the reason for this massive influx of illegal crossings and the cost to taxpayers for having to deal with the crisis created by the President.
“Not only does the federal government have no plan to stop this disgraceful policy, it also has no plan to deal with the endless waves of illegal aliens once they are released here. If the Obama administration put half the effort into securing our border as it has invested to institute this operation, our state and nation would not be facing this situation. This is a crisis of the federal government’s creation, and the fact that the border remains unsecure – now apparently intentionally – while this operation continues full-steam ahead is deplorable.
“I have reached out to Federal Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson for answers. Meanwhile, I reiterate my call on President Obama to secure our southern border and terminate this operation immediately.”
This latest operation by federal immigration officials comes on the heels of an influx of women and children over the Memorial Day weekend — caught illegally trying to cross into Texas. Hundreds were flown to Tucson then bussed to Phoenix and left at a bus station to find their way.
“Beginning on Tuesday, we started seeing families dropped off… three to six months old,” Cyndi Whitmore, Phoenix Restoration Project said. “They’re now being released on their own recognizance, which means given authorization to travel and reunite with members in the United States.”
But it’s this weekend’s transport of undocumented children to Nogales that has called the entire operation into question.
A spokesman for Homeland Security tells CNN the number of undocumented children crossing the U.S.-Mexico border by themselves has “increased substantially,” calling it a crisis situation. Officials say at least 60-thousand children will try to cross into the united states this year alone.
Brewer says the feds dropped off more than 400-children between the ages of 3 and 16 at the Nogales facility on Friday alone.
She says hundreds more were scheduled to arrive throughout the weekend
“The children are from Central America… mainly El Salvador… Honduras… and Guatemala,” Leah Sarat, Phoenix Restoration Project said.
Officials say the children were caught illegally crossing the border into Texas from Mexico.