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Arizona to Feds: Stop Shipping Immigrants from Texas

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(NBC) -- Arizona said Friday it will rush federal supplies to a holding center housing migrant children — among the thousands being sent to the state by the federal government from Texas.

The Homeland Security Department started flying immigrants to Arizona from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas last month after the number of immigrants, including more than 48,000 children traveling on their own, overwhelmed the Border Patrol there.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer said many of the immigrants are being bused to Tucson and Phoenix, then released. Homeland Security confirmed some immigrants were released and told to report to an ICE office near where they were traveling within 15 days. But federal authorities have not said how many have been released.

More than 1,000 unaccompanied children were expected to arrive over the weekend, Brewer said in a statement.

Brewer's spokesman, Andrew Wilder, said conditions at the holding center are so dire that federal officials have asked the state to immediately ship the medical supplies to the center. In addition, Wilder said, the regional director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency was being dispatched to Arizona to help deal with the crisis.

Wilder said the Homeland Security shows no signs of stopping the program to fly migrant families to Arizona and then bus them to Phoenix.

"The adults, the adults with children, families — that continues unfettered and we have no idea where they are going," Wilder said.

In a statement Friday, Homeland Security officials said "appropriate custody determinations will be made on a case by case basis" for migrants apprehended in South Texas.

Brewer sent an angry letter to President Barack Obama on Monday demanding that the program of dropping off families at bus stations in Phoenix stop immediately. The governor said she hadn't received a response to her letter by Friday.


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