Gov. Jan Brewer tours Nogales facility holding migrant children

PHOENIX - PHOENIX - Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer toured the Nogales facility housing upwards of 1,200 undocumented migrant children.

She joined Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson for the tour on Wednesday.

They looked at the children's living conditions and looked at what the Border Patrol agents are dealing with.

Brewer called the tour heartbreaking that children are in this ordeal and that parents are willing to put them in the dangerous hands of human smuggling criminals to get them to the U.S.

"There's about 140 [children] coming in every day, with 140 going out. They're processing maybe 10 to 12 young girls that are pregnant every day," said Brewer.

Secretary Johnson said it appeared the children were being treated well under the circumstances.

Brewer, a critic since the Border Patrol began sending the children from Texas to Arizona last month, said the government has a job to do and they need to do it right now.

The Arizona Governor came armed with questions , but says many remained unanswered including how many of the children being released to family members are actually showing up to court and how many will remain in Arizona where arrangements are being made to house hundreds.

"We know that the one in Tucson is up and ready to go to house about 280 children,” she said.

Brewer's office says the facility that once was used for student housing for University students won't be under guard like the processing facility is in Nogales.

"It’s unsecured so they can come and go as they wish and just blend in with our community,” said Brewer.

Last week Johnson visited the Texas facility where the children are being sent from to Arizona.

After meeting with children to listen to their stories, Secretary Johnson had a strong message for Central American parents sending this kids alone to the U.S.

"This journey is a dangerous one and at the end of it there is no free pass, no permisos," stressed Johnson.

There is debate over how to handle the situation and why the flood of migrants has been ongoing over the past several weeks.

The Obama Administration points to crime in Central American countries as the driving force behind the migration. Republicans criticize Obama's polices saying they are misleading people in those countries to think they will be safe and given citizenship upon arrival.

Johnson attributed the surge of undocumented kids in part to a loophole in the law.

"Expedited removal for a child is not available because they are an unaccompanied child. Under the law we are required to turn them over to H.H.S." said Johnson.

Health and Human Services then places the child based on their best interest. In many cases it's with a family member already in the U-S.

Johnson also says Central American Parents are misinterpretating the 2011 Dream Act (DACA) aimed to help undocumented kids currently in the U.S. stay in the U.S.

"DACA which is a program enacted two years ago is for children who have been here for 7 years going back to 2007. DACA is not available for a child who crosses the border today, tomorrow or yesterday." said Johnson.

The administration is giving $250 million in aid to the countries in question and is launching a public relations campaign to warn people of the danger of the trip to get to the U.S. and that there is no pathway if they do make it.

Johnson said Wednesday that he will continue to warn against crossing the border illegally and says there is "no free pass" to stay in the country.

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