ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce says more than 200 Central American immigrants being held at a federal detention facility in southern New Mexico have been processed by immigration officials and are awaiting approval from their home countries to be returned.
The New Mexico Republican says that approval has yet to come despite assurances by Guatemalan officials.
Pearce and members of a working group established by House Speaker John Boehner traveled to Guatemala and Honduras over the weekend to talk with both countries about the immigration crisis that has engulfed the U.S. border.
Pearce told reporters Wednesday that both countries said they wanted their children returned.
And while no one in either country downplayed the violence there, he said residents the delegation spoke with were more concerned about their economic situations.