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Brewer rips feds for sending illegal immigrants to AZ from Texas

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Illegal immigrants continue to arrive in Arizona from Texas, and Gov. Jan Brewer is not happy about it.

Brewer just sent the Obama Administration an angry letter, blasting ripping the feds for moving hundreds of illegal immigrants from state to state over the past few weeks.

CBS5 was at the Phoenix Greyhound bus station Tuesday, when another wave of children and their families arrived, with not much but the clothes on their back.

Brittany Knight of Mesa was one of the many volunteers who rushed down to help.

"There needs to be a better way," said Knight. "I think it's sick. Why are you transferring people from one state to the next, to the next with nothing? It's wrong."

Criticism has been growing over the federal government's immigration policy that has brought more than 400 illegal immigrants to Arizona from Texas the past two weeks.

Federal officials said that they were so overwhelmed with illegal immigrants crossing the border in Texas, they couldn't process them all, so the decision was made to send them to Arizona.

The illegal immigrants were processed, then released at Phoenix and Tucson bus stops, where they could then reach out to loved ones and be reunited with family across the United States, officials said.

Dyselia Majano left Hondurus with her two children to find a better life.

She said the past week has been extremely difficult.

"It was horrible being in Texas. We were mistreated and insulted," said Majano, through an interpreter. "But people are real supportive here."

On Monday, Brewer sent a letter to the Obama Administration, critiquing the recent drop offs of illegal immigrants in Arizona.

Brewer said it's not only bad policy, but it put these families at risk by leaving them at bus stops with no money and very little food and water.

"We wish the conditions were better," said volunteer Linda Herrera. "At the same time, we're grateful there is such a humanitarian effort, and need to assist these families. Now they can go to court and make decisions under the law, which they have the right to do."

Since many of the illegal immigrants are not from Mexico, they cannot be immediately deported, according to U.S. Immigration policy.

They have been released and told to report to an Immigration and Customs office within 15 days, in the city they are going to, authorities said.

Immigration Officials said that they've been transferring illegal immigrants to Arizona from Texas for at least 8 months, but only recently did the number of illegal immigrants jump up.

To see Brewer's letter to the Obama Administration go to: http://www.azgovernor.gov/dms/upload/PR_060214_GovernorBrewerLetterPresidentObama.pdf

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