Monday, April 30, 2012

Unprecedented surge of illegal alien children

McALLEN, Texas (AP) - An unprecedented surge of children caught trudging through South Texas scrublands or crossing at border ports of entry without their families has sent government and nonprofit agencies scrambling to expand their shelter, legal representation and reunification services. On any given day this year, the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement has been caring for more than 2,100 unaccompanied child immigrants.

The influx came to light last week when 100 kids were taken to Lackland Air Force Base near San Antonio for temporary housing. It was the first time the government has turned to the Defense Department - now, 200 boys and girls younger than 18 stay in a base dormitory.

While the issue of unaccompanied minors arriving in the U.S. isn't new, the scale of the recent increase is. From October 2011 through March, 5,252 kids landed in U.S. custody without a parent or guardian - a 93 percent increase from the same period the previous year, according to data released by the Department of Health and Human Services. In March alone, 1,390 kids arrived.

"The whole community right now is in triage mode," said Wendy Young, executive director of Kids in Need of Defense, a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit that matches pro bono attorneys with unaccompanied minors navigating the immigration system. "It's important that the resources and the capacity meet the need, and we're not quite there yet." 

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  1. WHY would unaccompanied ILLEGAL minor need to 'navigate the immigration system"?

    The border is south, put them up in Mexico till they find the parents.

  2. We need to go back to the old ways.

    Most don't know, but what we do now is take them to a fence, open the door and push them through. Soon as it gets dark they're back - and they keep trying until they get through.

    Back in the day, we put them on "mothballed" transport ships until we had a ship-full, then we took them down to the SOUTHERN border of mex & (IIRC) Honduras, & put them ashore there.

    How are they supposed to get HOME??


    One thing is SURE: (1) it'll be a while before the're back HERE and (2) The SMART ones won't even TRY again!

    I've had ENOUGH of this $#!+!!