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16-Year-Old Shares Immigration Story With Group Discussing Border Crisis

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - While the debate over what to do about the flood of undocumented Central American children crossing the border continues, some St. Louisans are wanting to know more about this region’s plan to house 60 of them here.

Hannah Sullivan of Catholic Charities, explained the process at a gathering of a couple hundred St. Louisans who want to help the children.

“We’re representing the kids in immigration court, we’re representing them in their deportation cases,” she says.

Sullivan hopes the courts aren’t sped up so much that the kids are almost automatically sent back home.

Karla Briones, 16, who came illegally from Honduras, says she’s terrified of going back.

“It’s an experience that I never want to relive, and I’m here to give my support to all the children who have to go through it so that everyone can be reunited with their families,” she says.

Through a translator, Karla told her story of dangerously crossing the Mexican border and winding up in a dirty detention center.

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