US agency still flying migrant families to Arizona

Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s office is now confirming there’s no stop in sight for the surge of Central American immigrants being shipped to Arizona.

Homeland Security started flying immigrants here last month.

According to the Andrew Wilder, a spokesperson for Brewer, reports that the flow of immigrants into Arizona were ceasing are untrue.

Wilder says the Governor’s Office had its first contact with federal immigration officials Friday since the drop-offs started.

The Governor was informed nearly 1,200 more undocumented immigrants were expected to be transported to Arizona over the weekend.

Most unaccompanied minors will be taken to a detention facility in Nogales for vaccinations and health screenings.

Wilder said from there, the children will be taken to military bases where they will be held for up to four months, but there are no definite plans after that time period.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials told ABC15 some undocumented immigrants are being allowed to reunite with their families, as long as they have someone who will take them in and it’s near an ICE office where they can be processed.

“Everyone is dreaming it’s a better life here,” said Carlos Bonilla as he waited hours at the Greyhound Bus Station for his sister Daisy Castillo.

Castillo arrived just after noon on Friday, smiling as she hugged her brother.

“It was a calm trip, but since I didn’t know where I was going, I was nervous. But thank God, I’m here,” said Castillo of her journey to cross the border illegally.

Speaking only Spanish, Castillo told ABC15 she fled El Salvador with her 10-year-old son. She was afraid to make the trip into the unknown, but even more frightened to stay in El Salvador with her son.

“It's so dangerous in parts -- very difficult. They kill people like it's nothing,” Castillo described.

Castillo said when she crossed the Rio Grande from Mexico into the United States, Border Patrol agents were waiting to arrest her.

She didn’t know where the agents would take her, but coming here was worth a try for a new life.

“Some are coming because of the violence, others because of the poverty. The people think if they come here, they'll have an easier life, but it's hard,” explained Bonilla.

Castillo knows she now faces deportation, but says she is confident she may get to stay.

“I will have to find a job to make a future for my son. More than anything it’s a better future,” said Castillo.

Castillo is scheduled to be in court July 8 to plead her case. She is hoping to stay in Arizona.

Meanwhile Governor Brewer continues to blast the federal government for what she calls a “humanitarian crisis.”

“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,” Brewer said in a statement.

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