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Local Woman Considers Fostering Undocumented Children

A McGregor woman who came to the U.S. illegally is considering housing young undocumented immigrants who crossed the Texas-Mexico border recently.

The children, who are under federal custody, are placed with a relative or a sponsor in the U.S. pending the outcome of their immigration process. This is after being in a Department of Health and Human Services shelter.

A potential sponsor must undergo a background check and complete an assessment process. In addition, the sponsor will have to interview and fill out documentation.

The sponsor is responsible to ensure the children appear at all appoints and immigration court proceedings.

Veronica Suarez said she would be interested even in fostering a child.

"When I was younger I was in their shoes. I came across the way they are coming in, which is illegally and I know what is like to be on the other side of the border and to be on this side of the border so I can relate to that easily,” said Suarez.

Some residents who opposed fostering undocumented children posted on the News Channel 25 Facebook page.

“Yet, we don't have enough foster homes right here in McLennan County for the children that are citizens. How about people work on becoming foster parents for those children? Such a shame,” posted Sharon Marie Colon.

Suarez said she is now a legal U.S. resident and could foster a child. She said she would do this even if others criticize her for doing it.

For more information regarding the Unaccompanied Minor Program, you can visithttp://www.acf.hhs.gov/unaccompanied-children-frequently-asked-questions
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