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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The waiting game continues in the town of Oracle. Supporters, protesters and residents are all frustrated over the lack of answers and transparency from the federal government.

Sources told Tucson News now the buses could arrive as early as Saturday morning and as late as Monday. Protesters have been laying low and hanging around in the area, waiting for buses or vans filled with migrant kids to arrive.

There are several routes into the Sycamore Canyon Academy, and it is not known which route the government will take into the facility.

Supporters have been making posters and hanging up hearts saying "Hola" on trees, hoping that's the first thing the migrant kids see as they drive through the community. Protesters have also been making their own signs showing their frustration over the immigration situation.

Some residents in the area say their biggest concern is safety. They want to know what measures the federal government plans to take to make sure the community is safe.

Residents said they had seen increased sheriff's patrols in the area but they were frustrated over the lack of information from the federal government.

"Every several weeks they have at least one kid that escapes from the facility. We have personally had a kid hide out in my dad's recreational vehicle for five days before we found him. Then we find out he'd been missing for eight days," said Cyrus Miller, who lived just about a mile away from the Academy.

Jack Pierson, from St. Helen's Catholic Church said he was more concerned about the safety of the children.

"I would like to, along with others, spend time in the facility and make sure it's clean, safe, and properly run," said Pierson.

Tucson News Now observed several white vans with tinted windows driving towards the facility on Friday. Sources said the Academy was gearing up by hiring extra staff members.

Sources also said the bathrooms and septic system at the facility had been inspected on Friday, and the cabins were now ready.

About 45 boys between the ages of 6 and 14 are expected to be housed in the facility in Oracle for an unknown amount of time.

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