In 2014 Texas border patrol experienced a major crisis, as 260,000 people from Central America flooded across the border through the Rio Grande Valley. They’re still coming.
“In the past few months the number of unaccompanied alien minors unlawfully entering the U.S. soared to over 17,000 and the number of family units increased to 21,000,” Chair Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) informed the U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security in a February 4 hearing on Capitol Hill. “If these trends continue it is predicted there will be a 30 percent increase in the record high numbers we witnessed in 2014.”
According to Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX), “We added about $750 million to help Central America beef up its security, fight the drug gangs, and provide some economic assistance, because the more people we get to stay over there, the less people come in.”
Another $80 million has gone to help Mexico secure its southern border with Guatemala, where along with Honduras, the U.S. government has mounted an ad campaign warning what to expect from human traffickers.
KVUE reports that a new processing center in McAllen, large enough to hold a thousand people, is ready and waiting, stocked with blankets and clothing.
Omar Zamora, public affairs officer for the U.S. Border Patrol Rio Grande Valley Sector, said “I think the biggest misconceptions are, ‘Hey they’re just children down there, right? It’s a humanitarian crisis,’ which it was in 2014.” “But what I want to stress is there’s the fifty percent of the other individuals that are running, that are fighting, who have criminal records.”
The hidden costs of illegal immigration are astronomical – especially on our school systems:
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