Jul 22, 2014 1:21 AM by Sean Mooney
TUCSON - The White House announced on Monday that the number of unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally is dropping significantly.
The administration claims the average has plummeted from more than 350 per day in June, to about 150 daily the first two weeks of July.
The numbers may be lower but the frustration of trying to obtain information about people crossing the border illegally and ending up in Tucson, has never been higher. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol reported to News 4 Tucson, that just 23 minors remain in Nogales. But despite word that the facility is about to be closed down, CBP issued a vague statement saying, "The Nogales Processing Center remains an operational resource for Tucson Sector and can be used to assist in processing individuals apprehended in other sectors as operational demands require."
In Tucson, city councilman Steve Kozachik says the city has been told 160 unaccompanied children remain housed at the College Place near downtown and he said that's about all they know.
"It's a federal issue I get that but it has a very direct local impact", Kozachik said, "I think they are making a huge mistake with all this secrecy."
Just down the street, at the Greyhound bus terminal, Kozachik says 15 to 20 immigrant arrivals, mostly comprised of mothers and their children, are still being dropped off every day, left to fend for themselves.
"Two or three times a day ICE will give us 20 minutes as to when they are going to drop off a group of families", said Kozachik, once they show up here it's up to us and the volunteers to figure out do they have transportation plans, do they have tickets, do they have bedding for the night, do they food, clothing, shelter, all of that, the federal government is just AWOL on this thing."
President Obama is scheduled to meet with the presidents of Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to discuss how to stem the flow of the immigrants this Friday.
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