In a vast parking lot outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, minors who migrated to the U.S. without their parents are waiting on buses to be sent to live with relatives or sponsors, staying overnight, eating and using the bathroom all within the confines of the bus, according to the owner of one of the bus companies and advocates for the children.
In at least one case described to NBC News, a family says their 15-year-old son waited on buses from Saturday to Wednesday before beginning the long journey from Dallas to Seattle.
The boy, Joel, came from Honduras to reunite with his mother, Doris, and uncle Elvin in Washington, all of whom asked that only their first names be used.
Joel was able to call Doris and Elvin on Saturday night, explaining he was on a bus in a parking lot in Dallas. They were then told by a Health and Human Services employee that Joel would be taken to Washington on Monday and that they should stay by the phone for directions to pick him up. But after days passed with no word on where to pick him up, they grew desperate for answers.