"In a Dallas federal immigration courtroom, children as young as 12
are increasingly taking center stage. They are part of a troubling rise
in unaccompanied minors charged with coming into Texas illegally — boys
and girls in search of a childhood, fleeing violence or desperate to
reunite with a mother or father. Children and teenagers filled the first row of brown wooden benches
in Judge Dietrich Sims’ immigration court recently. Heads of the two
smallest — 12-year-old Francisco Villanueva and 13-year-old Luis Quiroga
— barely bobbed above the backs of their seats." - Dianne Solís, Dallas Morning News, May 20, 2012.