KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- More than 50,000 undocumented children have crossed the border and now some of them have made their way to families here in Kansas City.
Jonathan Willmoth, an immigration lawyer, has reunited several children with family living in Kansas City.
"I spoke with a family today who was trying to locate their child. They believe he's located in Texas. We're trying to help them find the child and contact The Refugee Resettlement to get them released to them," he said.
Minors making the dangerous journey often come from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
"A lot of these children are fleeing from violence, really serious violence. Their friends have been killed. They've been extorted. Sometimes they've been beaten. Sometimes they've been abused in other ways," Willmoth said.
The Office of Refugee Resettlement house the children. All face deportation, but the process is long.
"If they are in the country, we want them to be well taken care of. The most appropriate for that is not in the shelter, it is with family members." said Hilary Cohen-Singer the executive director of Jewish Vocational Services.
A program at the Jewish Vocational Services offers a fingerprint background check to families claiming a border child as their own. It speeds up the reunion process. Cohen-Singer says about 20 families come through a month. These services, like those Willmoth provides are free.
"Obviously they've come through a really difficult journey to make it to the U.S so relatively speaking, it's better than the situation," said Willmoth.
Although resettlement is a temporary solution, children can wait years to find out if they get to stay.