Local Immigration Lawyer Sees Increase In Immigrants In West Texas

Published 07/09 2014 03:13PM

Updated 07/09 2014 07:22PM

By Melissa Adan

LUBBOCK, TX -- A Lubbock immigration lawyer, Paola Ledesma, said Wednesday her business was busy with calls associated with a recent influx of Hondurans and Guatemalans. Also on Wednesday, President Barack Obama was visiting Governor Rick Perry Dallas to address the recent immigration issue of the thousands of young immigrants that have illegally entered the country in the recent months.

"Lately we've been having a lot of people coming from Honduras and El Salvador," said Ledesma. "They usually come and ask for aslyum or although sometimes they don't even know they can get asylum until I talk to the family."

Obama’s administration calls this a humanitarian problem, as does Ledesma.

“The country wants to do what’s right, but do we have the right resources?” said Ledesma.

There has been a new trend of undocumented youth and mothers entering the border, mostly from Central American countries.

Ledesma said, if a relative or friend is found crossing the border the best advice is to be honest to ICE officials.

“Being honest will help the process,” she said.  “The first thing to do is contact an immigration lawyer.”

Lubbock’s Congressman, Randy Neugebauer, had a very different take. He blasted Obama on Tuesday after touring a facility at Lackland Air Force Base to temporarily house underage immigrants.

Neugebauer said, “I saw firsthand the real-world humanitarian crisis that President Obama’s policies have created. During my tour at Lackland, I was shocked to see thousands of unaccompanied minors at one facility.”

Neugebauer also said, “The president’s policies are only encouraging more lawlessness and incentivizing others to make the difficult journey.”

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