Debate Continues Over What to Do About Illegal Immigration

By: Carly Stephenson Email
By: Carly Stephenson Email

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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- The Department of Homeland Security says people arriving into the United States illegally are now mostly going back. Hundreds of families at a federal law enforcement training center in New Mexico will be sent home this week.

Two brothers, who recently crossed the border, are back with their family in the Valley after their family paid thousands of dollars for court costs, plane tickets, from holding centers, to get their sons here.

Some lawmakers say law changes are needed regarding unaccompanied minors.

Republicans have called for a change to a 2008 immigration law, which they say will slow the flow of unaccompanied minors migrating illegally to the U.S.

For Alex and Erick, who didn't share their last name for safety reasons, they say they came from El Salvador because they just wanted to be with their dad.

"One knows that it's a risk, and you're going to have to go through things, but you decide to do that because you want to be together with your family," said Erick

U.S. representative Bob Goodlatte is among Republicans who say the president needs to change policies and work with Mexico to prevent crossings, but others say it's a human rights issue.

"Make sure that the word goes forth that this should not be done, but he also needs to change the way they process the children, so that they are refused and turned right around and sent back home," said Goodlatte.

A group of California lawmakers is also visiting Central America on Monday as part of a 10 day social and political mission. The lawmakers, all Democrats, are scheduled to meet with the president of El Salvador, among other dignitaries.


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