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Jun 18, 2014 10:02 PM by Lupita Murillo

El Salvador's Vice Minister visits unaccompanied minors

NOGALES - Unaccompanied minors from Central America are filling the Nogales Placement Center from countries like El Salvador.

Wednesday, that nation's Vice Minister was at the facility seeing firsthand how the children are being cared for and what they can do to help them.

Patricia Maza Pittsford is the Consul General she said, "As a government we are concerned that the minors are being treated in this way."

Of the 985 minors in the center, one third are from El Salvador. "We are not accusing the government of the United States that they're not trying their best efforts, but more can be done."

El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America. It's about the size of the state of Massachusetts. But, in 2012 a high-ranking official acknowledged the economy was at the point of collapse. That's about the time when the surge of Central Americans began crossing into South Texas.

However a new administration came into office just this month. "This government is committed to making all the living conditions of Salvadoran's living in El Salvador for the better."

The Consul General blamed adults and human traffickers for luring families and filling them with false information about crossing into the United States illegally.

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