Past Features

June 19, 2012

Life inside a children's warehouse:
Border agents watch over illegals in limbo
Washington Times -- June 18, 2014   
    Nogales, Az. -- Imagine running a high-security day care at a Costco, and you have a pretty good idea of the scenario unfolding along the Arizona border.
During the first media tour Wednesday of the U.S. Border Patrol processing facility, at least 100 children were doing what children normally do: playing basketball with border agents, watching World Cup soccer, resting on mats with Mylar blankets, talking in groups. But mainly waiting.
    For what? It's unclear. The Border Patrol has set up 40 telephones at the giant air-conditioned warehouse in order to contact the children's relatives, but the unaccompanied minors who spilled over the border in the past year weren't lost.
They came to stay, but officials stressed Wednesday that the Nogales processing center is only temporary. From there, children are sent to private shelters or temporary housing at military bases in California, Oklahoma and Texas, but even those facilities are filling up.
At least 90,000 children, mostly from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, will be caught this year, and more than 140,000 will be apprehended in 2015, according to an internal U.S. Customs and Border Protection memo......

ABP NOTE: Upcoming House Judiciary Committee (June 25): Hearing: An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors