Some more news to report from our local community. Three teenagers who were detained by immigration officials at a trolley station and sent to Mexico last month have been allowed to return to the United States on what is known as humanitarian parole.
The students, ages 15, 16 and 17, reunited with their families in San Diego about 10 a.m. Wednesday. They are working on hiring an attorney and will face an immigration judge in the near future to present their cases for legal residency.
The teens were among 21 suspected illegal immigrants detained at the Old Town trolley stop May 20 in a joint operation led by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration and Border Patrol.
The students, who were on their way to school, admitted to being in the country illegally after being questioned by federal agents and were voluntarily returned to Mexico, said Daryl Reed, supervisory agent for the Border Patrol. He said they were sent to Mexico after officials failed to find proper legal guardians for the teenagers in the United States.