Feds have no plans to stop immigrant drop-offs in Phoenix
Andrew Wilder told CBS 5 News that reports claiming no more buses with immigrants would arrive in Phoenix are inaccurate. (Source: CBS 5 News file)
PHOENIX (CBS5) -
A spokesman for Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said buses will continue to ferry immigrants into Phoenix for the foreseeable future.
Andrew Wilder told CBS 5 News that reports claiming no more buses would arrive in Phoenix are inaccurate.
Wilder also confirmed that unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. in Texas were making their way to southern Arizona, and the first shipment was expected to arrive Friday.
An immigration official told CBS 5 News that 195 unaccompanied children a day are crossing the border into the U.S., and if left unchecked more than 142,000 of them would cross within the next year.
Wilder said he participated in a call with federal agencies including DHS, HHS, ICE, Border Patrol and FEMA about the transportation of immigrants into Arizona from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas.
"The federal government has no plans to terminate this operation any time in the immediate future," Wilder said.
"The governor is troubled about this new information today," Wilder said. "It is absolutely unconscionable this is continuing."
Brewer released a statement late Friday addressing the situation:
"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."
As many as 400 people were flown into Arizona on one weekend in May. They were told to report to an ICE office within 15 days.
Most of the immigrants are families from Central America and were trying to get into the U.S. by crossing the border with Mexico.
Stay with cbs5az.com and CBS 5 News as this story develops.
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