Hundreds of ‘refugee’ children from Central America are arriving by the bus load in Texas.
The first of nearly 700 refugee children fleeing gang violence in Central America arrived at an Assembly of God church camp in North Texas Friday afternoon.
Ellis County Sheriff Johnny Brown said approximately 50 children arrived on the first two buses and that no others are expected to arrive Friday. The remainder of the kids are expected to continue arriving at the camp in the coming weeks.
Originally 500 children were expected to arrive at the camp, but Friday afternoon that number was increased to 700. The camp had 240 staffers on hand Friday afternoon, but could ultimately have as many as 400.
The children are between the ages of 12 and 18 and are expected to stay at the camp for 21 days. Afterward, some will be sent to live with family in the United States while others will be deported and returned to their home country or moved to housing facilities on military bases.
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