Lucio III, Eddie
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 06/26/2014
REPRESENTATIVE LUCIO MEETS WITH STATE LEADERS ABOUT BORDER INFLUX ISSUES
AUSTIN, TX— On Monday, Rep. Eddie Lucio, III met with Governor Rick Perry, and gubernatorial candidate, Wendy Davis, to discuss immigration issues involving the influx of unaccompanied and separated minors arriving from Central America.
"This is a humanitarian issue highly relevant to not only South Texas but to our state as a whole," said Rep. Lucio. "We will continue to monitor the situation closely as any decisions made will affect thousands of lives"
According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, in 2013 over 21,000 unaccompanied and separated minors were detained by Customs Border Patrol, and by the year 2015 over 60,000 minors are expected to arrive. Many of these children, average age of 14, are fleeing from Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras due to various reasons ranging from gang violence to deprivation.
"We have to keep in mind these are not grown adults, they are kids," added Rep. Lucio. "It is our moral duty to help however we can and find solutions to this situation."