NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Jan 12, 1988
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(Studio: Tom Brokaw) Report introduced.
(Los Angeles, California: Ann Rubenstein) Illegal alien detention center in San Ysidro, California, shown; details given. US Immigration and Naturalization Services reported licensing ctrs. Mostly Central American children shown awaiting asylum review. INS' reasons for rejecting most pleas noted. [Alien Julio ROMERO - (thru translator) tells of horrors in El Salvador.] Romero's life detailed. [ROMERO - (thru translator) says wanted to study and be safe in US.] Romero noted enrolling in Houston, Texas, high school and joining Reserve Officers' Training Corps. [Guidance counselor Robert PIRTLE - praises Romero's progress.] Romero mentioned identification as illegal alien and placed in Texas detention center Facility shown and discussed. Incr. number of children reported held in detention ctrs. Reagan administration reported limiting number of children released to church groups while awaiting review. Most alien children reported returning home. [INS spokesperson Paul VIRTUE - says US Immigration and Naturalization Services trying to enforce immigration laws.] [Attorney Lynn ALVAREZ - describes victimization of children.] Psychologist William Arroyo shown working with border children.73
Sister and brother shown drawing experiences. [ARROYO - describes children's fears.] US Immigration and Naturalization Services reported arresting children's mother; scenes shown. US Immigration and Naturalization Services reported releasing Romero to church group. No. of children in United States detention facilities noted.