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Jul 2, 2014 8:21 PM by Lauren Reimer

First Lady of Guatemala tours Tucson shelter for unaccompanied minors

TUCSON - The first lady of Guatemala, Rosa Maria Leal de Perez, has been visiting Southern Arizona. Today she followed the path many unaccompanied children make once they are picked up by Border Patrol

She spent part of the day touring the Nogales detention center. From there she stopped at the old 'College Place' turned children's shelter.

"We're attending to them, we are aware of their needs, whatever we can do we will do so they can return to their country, as they should," she said.

The largest numbers of unaccompanied migrant children coming across the border are from her country, nearly 37 percent.

Many claim they're trying to escape extreme violence and poverty, hoping to be granted asylum. Others simply want to be reunited with family in the U.S.

Whatever the case, there are already children being held here at the Southwest Key facility in Tucson.

After arriving last night, the first lady of Guatemala told News 4 Tucson that her country is doing everything it can to keep children from attempting the perilous journey.

"In reality, no dream, including the American dream, is worth losing your life or losing your family."

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