Volunteers training to help surge of immigrant kids

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SAN ANTONIO – A local group that provides low cost and free legal representation to the Texas immigrant community is training volunteers to help with the recent influx of immigrant unaccompanied minors being housed at Lackland Air Force Base.

Lawyers with RAICES held their first training session for volunteers Thursday night at the St. Mary's Center for Legal Justice.

The organization is looking for Spanish-speaking volunteers who can help screen the children being housed at the base.

The screening process is designed to identify children that may be able to avoid deportation.

"We're trained at identifying those children who may be refugees, may have been victims of human trafficking, may have been abused or subjected to some kind of cruelty that may allow them to request a humanitarian protection here in the United States," said Jonathan Ryan, executive director of RAICES.