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Jul 4, 2014 5:02 PM

Congressman Blake Farenthold Talks About Child Immigrants

CORPUS CHRISTI - Tens of thousands of unaccompanied children have crossed into the United States illegally this year. The question is, what do we do with them? We posed that question today to Congressman Blake Farenthold.

So far this year Congressman Farenthold says as many as 60,000 immigrant children have entered the United States. He believes this is happening because of one misconception floating around Central America.

"The message on the street in Central America is that if you get to The United States, you're gonna get to stay basically indefinitely," said Congressman Farenthold.

We are now facing what he calls a humanitarian crisis. Farenthold visited a border facility housing these children earlier this week. He said what he saw was heartbreaking.

"You've got children sleeping on concrete floors. They're cells the size, say of a normal bedroom in somebody's house, and they're 20 or 30 children there sleeping on... Sitting on the floor," said the Congressman.

He says our facilities can't handle the massive amount of immigrant children coming into the states. He believes the only way to fix this problem is to speed up our deportation process.

"It takes years for them to go through the system. So it looks like to everybody back in Central America that they are able to stay. so more come," said Congressman Farenthold.

He says by speeding up the process, it will hopefully change the word on the streets in Central America.

"Really there is no amnesty. If you come, you are entering the country illegally and you will go into deportation procedures," said Congressman Farenthold.

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