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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - President Obama will be asking Congress for more than $2 billion to help respond to the surge of immigrant children illegally crossing the US-Mexico border. 

Border Patrol facilities in Texas are overcrowded. Hundreds are expected to be transferred to Southern California this week.

“As more children arrive, they stay here and more children are coming because they don't see anybody being removed,” Jacob Sapochnick said.

Immigration attorney Jacob Sapochnick says since a policy known as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or "DACA" was enacted two years ago by President Barack Obama -- there's been a surge of rumors in Central America.

“The advertising abroad is - send your children because they are going to stay in the US and eventually they're going to be able to help you,” he said.

CBS News obtained pictures from an overcrowded Border Patrol facility in Texas -- children mostly from Central America.

“They cannot just remove them without being given the right to present their case in court because they're arriving alien - they arrive at the border and ask for protection - so we have laws that protect those people,” Sapochnick said.

Hundreds are now being transported to Southern California to be processed to try and ease the backlog of cases. The station in Murrieta is one of the facilities helping out.

Mayor Pro-Tem Harry Ramos says he found out Friday. Since then, the information hasn't been clear.

"How do we help the people that are coming in here? We do not have the resources. We have no support of the federal government giving us aid or guidance. We are totally ill-equipped to handle this influx," Ramos said. 

President Obama is expected to ask Congress for more than $2 billion in aid, as well as new powers that would help speed up the deportation process for children here without their parents.

“I think it's going to be very difficult to do it because we have thousands of children that are here - someone's going to have to sort through the cases” Sapochnick said. 

Sapochnick says the chance of immigration reform passing in the US will continue to draw more and more to the border.

“People feel - if I'm in the US no matter what happens I may be able to benefit from this reform if and when it passes,” he said.

Sapochnick says he's been flooded with phone calls lately from families seeking asylum here in the US. Meanwhile, the first group of immigrant children is expected to arrive in Murrieta within a couple days. 

Border Patrol agents from San Diego will be sent to Texas to assist agents with processing. Some are already helping out now by doing long-distance interviews via video.

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