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ORACLE, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It appears 45 undocumented children will arrive at the Sycamore Canyon Academy Friday near Oracle. 

Sources say the children will range in age from six to 14 and will stay for about 45 days.

It will take that long for processing before they are released to guardians or parents already in the US.

The facility is an all boys academy.

There are three cabins prepared for their arrival. One accommodates 24 and the other two will house 12.

There have been rumors as to when they will arrive but little information has been forthcoming from Health and Human Services so it has been difficult to pin down a time.

While there are supporters and protestors, most agree the lack of government information has added to the fear and speculation.

"They might still have a problem with it but it wouldn't have been such a let's sneak something in here under our noses," says Cindy Macias, a lifelong resident of Oracle.

She says rumors and questions has been flying with few answers.

"How many children are coming? How long will they stay?" she says.

Questions which have fueled much speculation.

"They don't know what's happening," says Elizabeth Tucker, a 77 year old great grand mother who is raising three young children. "You're going to have a few of some kind or another."


Sycamore Canyon Academy, is still where the group is expected to be placed. It is a ranch for troubled youths.

An inspection of the facility was completed by Fire Chief Larry Southward on Wednesday. He said the academy requested an inspection and it passed on all the things it needed to. The chief checked the exit systems as well as for any fire hazards.

Chief Southward also reported he inspected three cabins, two of them will hold 12 boys each and a third will hold about 24. All could hold the more than 40 teen boys that are already part of their program. So the announcement that the group of undocumented children were arriving on Tuesday was wrong. But it seems like the group could be arriving sooner rather than later.

The office of Congressman Grijalva and Kirkpatrick could not confirm any specifics on if and when the group would be moved.

There are people camping down by the academy, they say they have seen a number of vehicles coming in and out of the academy. Several folks have also said that food trucks have been coming and going from the academy.

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