Monday, June 9 2014, 04:02 PM CDT
U.S. rounding up undocumented children
PHOENIX -- Arizona's governor is angry over an influx of undocumented children since the Memorial Day weekend.
It's not just because they are in the U.S. illegally, but because the federal government is dumping them in her state.
The other side of a chain-linked fence in Nogales, Arizona has many angry. Behind the fences are hundreds of children seemingly laying on the floor, covered in thermal blankets.
The area is where immigration officials are moving more than a thousand undocumented children in a makeshift detention center just outside the Arizona-Mexico border.
Arizona's governor is highly critical of the move.
"I am disturbed and outraged that President Obama's administration continues to implement this dangerous and inhumane policy," the governor said in a statement on Friday. "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."
The 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, 3-to-6-months old," Cyndi Whitmore with the Phoenix Restoration Project said. "They're now being released on their own recognizance, which means given authorization to travel and reunited 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 60,000 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-years-old 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.
Officials say the children were caught illegally crossing the border into Texas from Mexico.