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Jul 15, 2014 6:14 AM

Immigrants Posing as "Fake Families" to Stay in U.S.

BROWNSVILLE - The influx of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the border is triggering another problem for border patrol agents: fake family units.

There are reports that these kids are being approached by adult immigrants and told to pose as a family.
The idea is for them to get a notice to appear in immigration court, which they think gives them a better chance of staying in the United States.

"If the child had no family here in the United States and he's unaccompanied, most likely he's gonna be returned back to his family in his country of origin. However, if he's traveling with a parent or some type of family member whether it's real or not, then most likely they would be released pending a court date," Chris Cabrera said on behalf of the National Border Patrol Council.

Cabrera says there's no real solution to this issue, but border patrol has detailed questions that they ask family units during processing to help determine that the immigrants are actually related.

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