The Texas Law Enforcement people are ordered to do Border Patrol duties?
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) on Wednesday night ordered a state law enforcement surge on the Texas-Mexico border, saying he could no longer afford to wait for Washington to act.
The governor and potential 2016 presidential candidate said the rise in capture of unaccompanied alien children had overwhelmed state resources and Mexican cartel networks for human and drug smuggling had put Texas lives at risk.
Citing a humanitarian crisis, the governor directed the Texas Department of Public Safety to begin a surge, at the cost of $1.3 million per week, to combat the “flood of illegal immigration into the state.”
“The responsibility for securing the border rests exclusively on the federal government,” wrote Perry, along with Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst and Texas House speaker Joe Straus.
“The Federal government’s failure to secure the border has created an incentive for families to send their children on a dangerous, and sometimes fatal, journey,” they continued in the letter, setting up a surge that mirrors a similar effort last year.
In total, the U.S. border patrol has captured 160,000 illegal immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley this year alone, Perry said.
Some 34,000 unaccompanied alien children have been apprehended in the state this year, already more than to overall total in 2013, the governor said. That number is expected to reach 90,000 by the end of the year.
Wednesday night on CNN, Perry said housing the influx of immigrants has begun to suck up resources meant for his citizens.
….for a LA Times look at the conditions that children are being held in at the border…..here….
Immigrant youths covered the dirty concrete floors of the Border Patrol holding cells here, sprawled shoulder to shoulder and draped in grubby Red Cross blankets, enveloped in a haze of sweat and body odor.
Groups of girls and boys stared out the windows of their cells, some of the girls holding babies of their own, as agents watched from a central monitoring station. A girl could be seen scrubbing her armpits at the back of the cell.
This 4,900-square-foot detention center near the Mexican border in south Texas was built to house 250, but for the last few months it has been holding twice that, thanks to what U.S. officials say is an unprecedented influx of children and families, most from Central America, hoping for refuge in the United States.
More than 800 of the youngsters are being held at a former warehouse in Nogales, Ariz., now also deployed as a detention center for migrant youths.
Facing growing controversy over reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions, Border Patrol officials on Wednesday provided the first limited public access to the two facilities, allowing reporters on brief, controlled tours for glimpses of children and a few mothers detained there at the end of their often long journeys from places as far away as Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador.
In Arizona, most were corralled behind chain-link fences topped with razor wire, huddling for warmth on plastic mats under flimsy metallic Mylar blankets. A television was suspended from the ceiling. Banks of portable toilets served as sanitary facilities. Beside a recreation area, a camouflage tarp had been strung up to shield temporary showers….
It IS becoming evident that the US Border patrol is overwhelmed with the influx of children coming NOT from directly from Mexico , but thru Mexico from South America….
While Congress has CUT the funds for immigration…There is a need to reverse that….America has it hands full with the Middle East, The Pacific and Europe….But THIS issue is close to home, involves children and needs to move to the top of the list….