Past Features

June 1, 2012

Flow of border immigrants
overwhelming agencies
"It is a permit to enter the United States."
Houston Chronicle -- May 31, 2014   
    McAllen, Texas -- A little before noon on Friday, a white Homeland Security bus stopped outside a public bus terminal in downtown McAllen, its doors opening to disgorge a group of about 20 immigrants from Central and South America.
    A father carried a sleeping 9-month-old with curly black hair. A mother steered two toddlers toward the terminal.
    "They just left us here," said Norma Navarro, from El Salvador, as the government bus pulled away from the terminal. "We have nothing."
    But each person on the bus had at least one critical possession: a packet of U.S. government-issued documents ordering them to report to immigration officials within 15 days of landing at their new destination, and to appear in immigration court on a set date.
    The paperwork confers no legal status, but many immigrants see it as a pass to a new life. Edilberto Lanza Mejia, a 26-year-old from Honduras holding his infant son, described it like this: "It is a permit to enter the United States."
    The flow of Central and South Americans through South Texas has become an unmanageable torrent within the past month, overwhelming the Border Patrol, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement, which is charged with placing thousands of unaccompanied minors who have been arrested.
    "We are being overwhelmed," said U.S. Border Patrol Agent Christopher Cabrera, vice president of National Border Patrol Council Local 3307. "We have groups of 70, 80, 90 people just walking up and turning themselves in. They're finding the first agent and saying take me in and let me have my walking papers.
    "If we don't get some help soon, it's going to be disastrous," he said.
ABP COMMENT: The MSM, and that includes Fox News, are going to have to do double duty to keep people from knowing this is a disaster planned by Obama.