Rumors of asylum raise hopes for migrant families

Immigrants crossing // FILE PHOTO

The rumor is spreading among Central Americans trying to reach the United States -- that they'll get to stay if they travel with young children.

In truth, there is no change in the law for children or parents.

In practice, though, so many Central American migrants are illegally entering the U.S. with young children that there is nowhere to hold them while they wait for deportation hearings.

With full capacity at the nation's lone family detention center in Pennsylvania, migrants simply are being freed with orders to appear before immigration authorities at a later time.

How many are complying with the order is unknown. A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman said the agency did not have numbers available.