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Impact Of Immigration Crisis Felt Here On Delmarva

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DELMARVA - More than 50,000 minors have crossed the U-S Mexico border, illegally since October.

"There is a very natural yearning to want to reunite with family members and they feel like there is something here for them, where at home, they just have none," says

While much of the focus has been on the South West, experts say those children very well could be trying to find family here on Delmarva, where reports show the Hispanic population increased more than 200 percent during the 90s.      

"All this, it's a situation that's been percolating, and we're seeing the consequences of that," says Immigration Attorney Jackie Castaneda.

Local immigration attorneys say over the past 6 months, deportation cases involving children in our area are up significantly, and though many minors crossing the border are being held in communities on the other side of the country, there were once plans to bring them nearby.

"There was a facility that was going to be opened in Virginia, in a rural area," says Castaneda, "that the Department of Justice was trying to house people there, and they got all upset about it."

Advocates hope this latest crisis will spur new action from the President to reform what many see as a broken immigration policy.

Castaneda says "I think the situation had gotten that bad that he's willing to take this now, on his own, under executive action that was not the case for months and years."

While we don't see the impact of unauthorized immigration often on The Peninsula, just last month 27 immigration violators were arrested, right here on the Eastern Shore.

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