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Immigration Crisis Reaches Iowa Borders
WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBS2/FOX28) - Deportations of illegal arrivals into the U.S. begins Monday.
The White House is trying to send a message as families that have been flooding across the border are about to be sent home.
The influx of unaccompanied children, 57,000 of them over the last nine months, has highlighted this crisis.
Both democrats and republicans have acknowledged the problem is a humanitarian one.
Children are running from organized crime, gang violence and human trafficking.
Some republicans have called for a change to a 2008 immigration law, which they say will slow the flow of unaccompanied minors migrating to the United States.
They're hoping to avoid even more money being pushed into dealing with the situation.
And closer to home, the immigration crisis has reached our borders.
Nebraska Senator Mike Johanns says there are 200 undocumented children in the state right now, and the trouble is, figuring out how to handle the situation.
In the past few weeks, thousands of children have been coming over borders in the south and immigrating with family members across the country.
Amy Peck, an Omaha immigration lawyer, says most of the children she represents say they're fleeing because of the violence and don't want to go back to an uncertain future.
President Obama is seeking nearly $4 billion in emergency funds to speed up the processing of this wave of illegal immigrants.