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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - This week FOX 10 showed you pictures from inside the facility in Nogales where hundreds of the children are being held.

On Friday, Arizona Senator John McCain will get his first look inside.

A chance at the American dream propels thousands of Central American migrants to the US and into Arizona.

Many families are risking their lives traveling through Mexico to the US border atop fast-moving trains.

It's a dangerous way to travel, but they say it's better than the alternative.
   
"We also know about the risk there is traveling like this. However, in my country children are also in great danger due to the high crime rates," said Cecilia, a Salvadorian immigrant.

Others have opted to send just their children, thanks in part to a 2012 White House policy known as deferred action for childhood arrivals.        

 It allows some illegal immigrants who came to the US as children to defer deportation.

One boy, who looked to be about 12, says all he wants is to progress and to be someone of greater significance.

With thousands of unaccompanied minors now in the US, the Obama administration is scrambling to find a place to keep them all.

"We're working to bring about change for 1 million undocumented women, men and children, and to bring them out of the shadows of American life and give them the dignity that they deserve," said Vice President Joe Biden.

Arizona is bearing the brunt of housing many of the immigrants at now overcrowded shelters.

One in Nogales is a converted warehouse and holds about 800 kids.

The US Department of Health Services watches over them.

When FOX 10 asked how long they would be in Arizona or where they go from here, there was no answer.

We do know that the most dangerous part of their long journey is behind them and many will now chase the American dream while living with relatives in the US.
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