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Hundreds of undocumented children are still inside the holding facility in Nogales this morning, waiting to learn what is next for them.

An old apartment building in Tucson could become their next home, a shelter for some of the migrant children. 

Today brings a clearer picture of what the unaccompanied minors currently in the Nogales detention center could legally claim. 

What this means is the difference between an undocumented immigrant and a refugee.  A refuge legally has more rights.  According to officials the children in Nogales are not refuges, although many have said they left their home countries in fear of gang violence.

However, many of those children may be requesting asylum, which basically would buy them some time.  In many cases, if their application for asylum is approved, they can stay in the U.S. legally while they wait for a response. 

Maurice Goldman, an immigration lawyer gave his insight on what else could happen, "Depending on their case, they could wind up applying for a special juvenile visa which is a legal status.  It's for minors that are abused, neglected or abandoned by either of their parents."

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