North Texas Feels Impact Of Immigration Surge

DALLAS (June 21, 2014) Charitable organizations and social service agencies in North Texas are feeling the effects of the surge in the number of Central American children arriving at the Texas-Mexico border hundreds of miles away.

In Fort Worth, 200 unaccompanied minors have already received assistance and the city's Catholic Charities plans to double its shelter capacity for children 13 or younger, while helping other agencies establish future shelters.

In Dallas, charities are scrambling to recruit and train volunteer lawyers to help children navigate the immigration court system.

Thousands of youngsters fleeing violence and abuse in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala have arrived in Texas and across the U.S., and the numbers could reach 90,000 this year.

U.S. officials have attribute the surge to misinformation spread by smuggling organizations in Central America, claiming mothers and children could stay in the U.S. legally.