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Updated Jul 14, 2014 - 6:19 pm

Arizonans to protest immigrant children being dropped off in Oracle

In this photo taken July 4, 2014, eight-year-old Gabby, of El Salvador, peaks into a city shuttle bus as she waits for her mother and sister after they and other immigrants and their children were released by U.S. Customs and Border Protection Services at the city bus station in McAllen, Texas. About 90 Hondurans a day cross illegally from Mexico into the U.S. at the Rio Grande near McAllen, according to the Honduran Consulate, and the families are then brought to Central Station in McAllen and each is released on their own recognizance. Though most travelers have enough money to purchase their own bus tickets to meet family in cities across the U.S., many have nowhere to stay before the buses leave, and most are in need of rest, medical attention and sustenance. It falls to the local government and charities to welcome the uninvited visitors to America. Tens of thousands have also fled to the U.S. from El Salvador and Guatemala to escape violence. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Rodolfo Gonzalez)

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of protestors are planning to gather in Oracle, Ariz., with the intention of preventing busloads of Latin American children from being unloaded at the Sycamore Canyon Academy.

A statement from Sycamore Canyon, a boys boarding ranch, confirms the federal government has made arrangements to temporarily house the unaccompanied minors in the southern Arizona town.

"Sycamore Canyon Academy, at the urgent request of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR), will provide safe and temporary care to a small number of the unaccompanied youth from Central and South America," the statement said. "These children will be temporarily placed at the campus by the ORR until they can be properly processed and placed with an appropriate sponsor or repatriated to their home country. Sycamore Canyon Academy is working closely with the federal refugee program and appreciates the support we have received for this humanitarian effort.

"Sycamore Canyon Academy is not taking a position on the immigration debate in any way. We believe it is for others to decide. Our mission is to improve the lives of youth, and we will continue to fulfill our mission by focusing on our work with children."

Some of Oracle locals are not happy with their town's facilities being used to house illegal immigrant children.

"We will turn the buses around. They will not get through us," said resident Ron Thompson. "We are not willing to accept this. It's an illegal act by the federal government -- the Obama Administration to be specific. These are illegal people and they should be deported."

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has ordered a large police presence outside of the facility, and deputies have been given orders to not allow protestors to block traffic.

Many of those who plan to demonstrate say they will risk arrest to make sure the government doesn't succeed in dropping the children off in Oracle.

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Sandra moved from the small border city of Yuma, Arizona to study Broadcast Journalism at Arizona State University in the late 90s. Since graduating, she's worked at several local TV stations including Univision, Fox 10 and 3TV.

Working at KTAR, has allowed her the opportunity to cover major national news events, including Presidential visits, the Tucson Tragedy and the Wallow fire.

When Sandra isn't covering breaking news or behind a microphone in the studio, she's probably at home with her best friend Mark and her two dogs, Lily and Lola.

Sandra enjoys cooking and admits to enjoying "really bad" reality T.V. She also enjoys spending quiet time at home with people she loves, playing a little poker and traveling.

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