Children crammed into overcrowded detention centers, crossing the border without their parents — the images are hard to miss and hard to look at.
Nicolas Argueta, the President of the Salvadorian Association in North Texas, said human traffickers in El Salvador are spreading the word that once in the U.S., the kids won’t be sent back.
“Children get in and they are allowed to stay, that`s one rumor,” he said. “The other one, is there will be some sort of amnesty that will be provided, and they would rather them to be here when that happens.”
The rumors aren’t true, but that hasn’t stopped the flood of children to the border.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins has promised to provide facilities in Dallas for up to 2,000 kids, while their relatives are located.
“I want to do everything I can to help children to have dignity and get over the fear of being trapped on the border,” Jenkins said.
The county hasn`t announced where the facilities will be, but Dallas County Commissioner John Wiley Price said the county has been looking at options.
“We spent time this weekend with neighbors and large stakeholders in the area, just giving them some comfort level,” Price explained.
Dallas ISD has volunteered three of its closed schools. Harlee Elementary, Hulcy Middle, and the old Billy Earl Dade Middle schools have all been offered.
It`s not a permanent solution to the problem, but with all these kids in prison-like conditions, some folks think it’s a good place to start.