What Happens Once the Immigrants Cross the Border?
Migrant children and families are put in detention to await immigration court hearings. A bipartisan bill signed into law by President George W. Bush in 2008 mandates that children be given an immigration hearing and access to counsel. In addition, the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for their care and processing. They may be returned to their families or could be placed temporarily in foster care or with relatives already living in the U.S. while awaiting their court date. Lawmakers are considering changing the law.