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Grijalva: HHS says buses won't arrive in Oracle on Tuesday

Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from Tucson, said his office received a one-line email from Health and Human Services saying the buses won't arrive Tuesday. Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from Tucson, said his office received a one-line email from Health and Human Services saying the buses won't arrive Tuesday.
About 60 illegal immigrant teenagers and children will be moved to Sycamore Canyon Academy, a facility for troubled youth in Oracle, today. (Source: CBS 5 News) About 60 illegal immigrant teenagers and children will be moved to Sycamore Canyon Academy, a facility for troubled youth in Oracle, today. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Thousands of immigrant children who have been caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally into Texas have been sent to a holding facility in Nogales. (Source: CBS 5 News) Thousands of immigrant children who have been caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally into Texas have been sent to a holding facility in Nogales. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Supporters carried signs welcoming the children. (Source: CBS 5 News) Supporters carried signs welcoming the children. (Source: CBS 5 News)
Opponents called for a secured border with Mexico. (Source: CBS 5 News) Opponents called for a secured border with Mexico. (Source: CBS 5 News)
ORACLE, AZ (CBS5/AP) -

A U.S. Representative from southern Arizona said he's been informed that buses bringing about 60 illegal immigrant children will not arrive in Oracle as previously scheduled Tuesday.

Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Democrat from Tucson, said his office received a one-line email from Health and Human Services saying the buses won't arrive Tuesday.

Dozens of demonstrators on both sides of the illegal immigrant children issue lined the road leading into Oracle in anticipation of the arrival of about unaccompanied children from Central America on Tuesday.

About 30 supporters, some dressed as angels, carried signs in both Spanish and English to welcome the children.

"I'm here to support these children who are refugees, who have been traumatized," Emily Duwel said. "It's the reason their parents have sent them here. They are seeking refuge."

Down the road were protesters, including members of the Arizona State Militia, carrying American flags and signs pleading for a secured border with Mexico.

Harry Stuart is a U.S. Marine veteran who served two years in Vietnam.

"I'm protesting the federal government," Stuart said. "I feel for these kids. If it's as bad down there as what's being reported, hell, I'd be trying to get up here myself.

"But the federal government is not doing their job. Where are the men and women of integrity, responsibility?" he said.

They occupied the road leading to Sycamore Canyon Academy, a facility for troubled youth in Oracle northeast of Tucson where the children will be housed.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, who notified local residents of the arrival via social media, said his office was ready to "enforce the law."

The staff at the ranch had already been increased by 30 people in preparation for Tuesday's arrivals, Babeu said.

Robert Skiba, of Oracle, said he was informed last week that immigration authorities planned to house the children, most of them from Central America, at the academy.

Thousands of immigrant children who have been caught crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally into Texas have been sent to a holding facility in Nogales. Those children are then released to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, which places them in shelters.

Babeu said the children pose public safety and public health risks.

U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) sent a letter Tuesday to the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection demanding the reversal of its restrictions on members of Congress and media from obtaining information about the conditions under which tens of thousands of unaccompanied children are being held at federal facilities.

McCain wrote, in part:

"It is clearly in the public's interest to know, and Congress' responsibility to ascertain, exactly how this Administration is addressing the humanitarian crisis that is happening in Arizona and other southern border states.

"The American people have a right to know the conditions under which unaccompanied minors at those facilities in their respective states are being detained and how they arrived in the United States.

"And, it is my responsibility as an elected representative from Arizona - and the responsibility of the elected officials of every state affected by this unprecedented crisis - to get the truth about how the administration is addressing it."

Copyright 2014 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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