Skip to comments.Surge in child immigrants stresses support network
Posted on 04/30/2012 12:54:03 PM PDT by traumer
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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To hell with the “support network”. Imagine how much it’s stressing the U.S. taxpayers!!!
your taxes at work
Bottom line is our government chooses not to close or secure our boders...it really is that simply. And with the march to unite us with Canada and Mexico as one trading block it’s not going to be either.
One does tire of Politicians making this a political issue each and every year, and with that immigration. They simply are telling the people ‘no’ they aren’t going to secure our nation. Otherwise they certainly would have done so by now.
All to do with this World Order System they’re getting in place. And Romney’s one of them so we won’t be seeing anything more than has been.
Send them back to Mexico and charge the Mexican Gov. with Human Rights Violations.
Americans should not have to pay for foreign children....PERIOD!!
I smell a rat in this story.
Did these little kids walk all the way from Mexico City and Central America all by themselves?
Enlist the boys into the US Army
Agreed. Especially the ones found trying to cross at “border ports”, it would be so easy to drop a kid off and tell them to get in the line. I’m thinking child abandonment, rather than accidental seperation.
They can stay overnight but send their little buttocks back to Mexico! They are Mexican citizens, Mexican citizens will take care of them.
Thanks for the invitation, Rubio, Obama, McCann, Reid and all the Open Border DemocRats & RINOs!
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