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Increase in teens and Children crossing the border

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They're a family of six who have lived in the United States for over 20 years, but soon the Moreno family could be faced with the difficult decision of being separated.

Guillerno Moreno tells us he entered the United States legally with a work visa, but decided to stay in the this county to protect his two children born on US soil. He recognizes he is in violation of the law and now immigration has issued an order of deportation for him.

"I still live in fear that my dad and mom will be deported," says Glenda Moreno, a DACA student.

His daughter Glenda, on the other hand, is one of millions of undocumented students who qualified in 2012 for the Deferred Action for Children Arrival or DACA.

Her brother and sister are US citizens, This is what's known as a "mixed" family.

"A mixed family is a family who has different family members with different immigration statuses," says Cesar Espinoza, organizer of FIEL, a pro-immigrant organization.

But while some families, like the Moreno's face being separated, others are being reunited, when teens or children arrive illegally and fall into hands of immigration, leaving the government no other option but to hand them over to their parents already here in the US.

"We have heard those numbers are increasing, but we haven't seen them necessarily in Houston area," adds Espinoza.

According to the Office of Refugee Resettlement, the number of children crossing the border illegally has surged over the last two years and USCIS tells Fox News that out of the more than 33,000 children who crossed the Texas-Mexico border in 2012, only about 700 were actually sent back to their native land. Just this week in Houston, 19 teens and children were among several adults found crowded in a stash house.

Some are now questioning if the changes by the Obama Administration on immigration policies, are actually creating a magnet.

"Our immigration system is very broken and there's a huge back log", adds Espinoza.

Broken or not, the reality is that illegal immigrants, young or old, keep coming to this county in hopes of having a piece of the American dream. For the Moreno family unfortunately that could soon be taken away.

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