As the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection work to find housing for thousands of refugee children entering the country unaccompanied by a parent, Honduran officials claim that the U.S. may be violating international treaty laws. Honduran Ambassador Jorge Milla Reyes and President Juan Orlando Hernandez claim that the U.S. policy requiring unaccompanied children (UAC) to be detained in federal facilities while they wait for a deportation hearing is a humanitarian issue as well as a possible violation of international treaties.
President Hernandez claims the U.S. is not doing enough to stop the flow of drugs entering the country from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Mexico. Moreover, he believes that the unaccompanied children are illegally entering the U.S. in search of their parents, and that the present U.S. immigration policies stand in the way of these children being reunited with their families. Ambassador Jorge Milla Reyes announced that a thorough investigation is underway at the Embassy and Foreign Ministry offices to determine if the U.S. is in violation of international treaties.
The U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Health and Human Services are working together to find facilities to house the current flood of UACs entering the U.S. In just one year, officials have seen a 92% increase in UAC apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border in Rio Grande Valley, Texas. Because the immigration stations are filled to capacity, federal officials are turning to military bases around the country to shelter the minors awaiting their hearings, including Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Ventura County Naval Base in Oxnard, California, Fort Sill Army Base in Oklahoma, as well as other facilities located in Maryland and Virginia. They are also working to find sponsors and relatives of the children to provide shelter and ensure that court dates are fulfilled.
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