DALLAS - Charitable organizations and social services in North Texas are feeling the effects of an onslaught of Central American children arriving at the Mexico border hundreds of miles away.
In Fort Worth, 200 unaccompanied minors have already received aid. the city's Catholic Charities plans to double its shelter capacity for children 13 or younger, while helping other agencies establish future shelters.
In Dallas, charities are scrambling to recruit and train volunteers lawyers to help children navigate the immigration court system.
Thousands of children fleeing violence and abuse in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have arrived in Texas and across the U.S. Their numbers could reach 90,000 this year. On Friday, the Obama Administration announced that it would be donating money to security, crime and violence prevention, and gang prevention programs in Central America to stop the flow of illegal immigrants.
U.S. officials have blamed misinformation spread by smuggling organizations in Central America, claiming mothers and children could stay in the U.S. legally.
Source: Associated Press