PHOENIX - A Customs and Border Protection bus dropped off a large group of undocumented immigrants at a Phoenix Greyhound bus station on 24th St. and Buckeye Thursday morning.
Many of them, walking into unknown territory.
"That's why we came here, for our children,” said one of the undocumented immigrants at the bus station.
According to ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, federal officials flew more than 400 undocumented immigrants over Memorial Day weekend from south Texas to Tucson, many of them families, most of them from Central America.
ICE says a recent surge in undocumented immigrants on the south Texas border is why they were sent to Tucson for help processing paperwork.
Cyndi Whitmore with the immigration advocacy group, The Restoration Project, has helped undocumented immigrants at this bus stop before, but rarely this young.
"Since Tuesday, we've seen about 50 to 75, you know, mothers and fathers and children a day,” said Whitmore,"ranging from six months to twelve years old."
But Kathryn Kobor with Remember 1986, a local group that has been outspoken against illegal immigration, says the fact that they had to fly so many undocumented immigrants to Tucson for help, shows us the real problem.
"That's why these people are being flown in from south Texas, 400, because they don't have the facilities to care for these people,” said Kobar.
ICE says they've screened everyone that's been dropped off and all of them could face possible deportation.
They've also provided ICE with an address of where they plan to stay for the time being, but must check in within 15 days at an ICE office close to them.