From California to Massachusetts, communities are offering facilities to take in child migrants until they connect with relatives, plea asylum cases or enter into foster care. But not every US community is putting out a welcome mat.
Some cities – Los Angeles, Dallas, Tampa – are getting involved in the response to the child migrant crisis on the border. Their main role so far is to coordinate local nonprofit and faith groups that can provide services.
Many protesters in Oracle expressed anger over the large number of young border-crossers, but others hoisted welcome banners. The bus itself, expected to carry up to 60 young migrants, didn’t materialize Tuesday.
Along the US-Mexico border, protesters on both sides of the immigration issue continue to face off as busloads of Central American migrants who have entered the US illegally are taken to crowded detention centers.
A protest in Murrieta, Calif., turned back three busloads of undocumented immigrants. But more buses could be on the way. The episode highlights the predicament facing federal officials as they seek to cope with a surge of illegal immigration in Texas.