Posted: May 30, 2014 11:59 AM
Updated: May 30, 2014 12:28 PM
MCALLEN - The Honduran government officially opened a consulate in McAllen this morning.
Honduran officials hope to help with the growing tide of unaccompanied minors, which continues to flow across the border. They said they're the second country with the most unaccompanied children at temporary housing located in San Antonio. About 1,000 children are a temporary shelter at Lackland Air Force Base. Honduran officials said they want to try to reunite those children with their parents.
Yolanda Oliva of the Honduran Consulate told us, "The problem that we're having is that they come by themselves, and they don't know who are the parents or where the parents are. So the first thing that we are helping as a government is to verify identities and actually confirm if they're Honduran or not."
She added at least the detained minors are safe, receiving food and shelter from immigration officials, and away from dangerous smugglers. Oliva said some of the children coming across have not seen their parents for years. She described the current immigration situation in South Texas as an emergency. She hopes to visit the temporary shelter in San Antonio in about two weeks.
The Honduran consulate is located at 709 South Broadway. It's in the same building as the Guatemalan consulate.