Assemblymember Henry T. Perea and several other State Lawmakers have returned from a weeklong trip to El Salvador and Guatemala looking at what's causing the Country's immigration problems.
Immigration has been one of the biggest issues on Capitol Hill for several months. President Barack Obama and Congress are at a stalemate in creating reform as more children cross the border. Local leaders are now working to determine what can be done to stop the exodus as they wait for Washington to act.
"We're doing what we can to provide for better hope and better opportunities here but really what we're doing while it is important, is really not the final solution," says Perea (D) Fresno.
Perea says "coyotes" in Central America are promising parents that children will have better lives, better opportunities and won't be deported if they pay thousands of dollars for the kids to be smuggled into the United States.
"We're talking about kids that are being smuggled by human traffickers and the conditions that they're going through are horrendous," Perea says.
Kids stuck at the border are being sent back home.
The Central Valley Tea Party says everyone who enters the United States illegally should be deported and even the kids smuggled here have to follow the law.
'That's what the law requires and that's what we really think has to happen at this point," says Jared Gordon with the Central Valley Tea Party.
Gordon says they want immigration reform that benefits everyone but they say the Obama administration and Federal Government need to follow only new law that is written. He says they aren't follow the current laws right now.
Perea too wants reform, not just to help the kids crossing the border but to also help the thousands already working illegally here in the Valley.
'What would happen if one day we go round everybody up and deport them to wherever they came from, what would happen to our economy?," asks Perea, "It would be crippled."
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