May 30, 2012
Feds transfer hundreds of illegal
immigrants from Texas to Arizona
CBS5-TV -- May 29, 2014
A sudden wave of undocumented immigrants has been showing up at the Phoenix Greyhound Bus station, and federal agents are the ones bringing them in.
Hundreds of undocumented immigrants detained as far away as Texas are being released under supervision in Tucson. But getting to their next destination leaves them on their own.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, has said that it does not want to put children in detention centers and it does not want to split up families. ICE releases those families with the condition that they contact ICE for their next court date once they reach their destination in this country.
"They had been releasing people through Tucson, but the bus station didn't have the capacity to hold so many people, "said Leah Sarat, a volunteer helping the illegal immigrants. "Just in the last few days we've been seeing upwards of 70 to 80 people within a 24-hour period."
"We're concerned about the condition they're in, said Cyndi Whitmore, with the Phoenix Restoration Project. "After being released, they have very little provisions. They don't have food, water, diapers and formula."
The unexpected guests were among the roughly 400 undocumented immigrants apprehended in Texas, then sent to Arizona for processing this week.
Glenn Spencer is president of American Border patrol, a non-profit group that's pushing for border security.
"I would expect a surge across the Texas border and expect to see a lot more of this," said Spencer. "If you are living in Central America in tough conditions, all you have to do is get across the Rio Grande River and you are going to do it. I think it sends the wrong message."
ABP Note: We saw it coming two years ago......