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When are they going to wake up in Washington?
by Chip Latcham
Jun 26, 2014 | 633 views | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The headlines keep getting more dire and troubling.

In Tuesday morning’s Corpus Christi Caller-Times: “Tension rises over border woes.”

In the San Antonio Express-News: “Texas officials go on attack over migrant surge.”

On CBS Houston: “Homeland Security seeks thousands of pairs of underwear for detained immigrants.”

This situation along the southern border is getting ugly and shows no sign of abating soon.

Unfortunately, the Obama administration and federal government leaders appear to be tone-deaf or perhaps overwhelmed with all the setbacks, both overseas and at home.

As Gov. Rick Perry noted, most of the blame can be placed directly on Washington, D.C., because “the border is not closed.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has captured more than 160,000 undocumented immigrants in the Rio Grande Valley this fiscal year, already more than last fiscal year’s total of 154,483.

Many of these young illegal immigrants from Central America are riding trains or being ferried across the Rio Grande by the cartels.

In this week’s lead story in The Progress, George West Police Chief Rey Garcia, who appeared on CBS national television last week, described the frustrating flood of undocumented immigrants that is taxing the resources of South Texas authorities.

Garcia said his officers capture dozens of immigrants a month and face an uphill battle with the overwhelming numbers who come through that city. The cases cited by GWPD included two young girls who were stashed in a vehicle and picked up along Highway 281 earlier this year.

Garcia estimated the illegal immigration flow into the George West has increased by 400 percent. Because of the sheer lack of manpower, GWPD officers are only able to catch a fraction of them, he said.

On Monday, for instance, George West authorities were still processing five individuals—four undocumented immigrants and their driver—who authorities discovered during a traffic stop on U.S. Highway 59.

The chief said because there is no jail or jail resources at the GWPD, the very young children and adults trying to sneak into America have to remain at the department until Border Patrol authorities can come retrieve them.

Often, they are hungry and thirsty—especially the young children—and officers often pool their own money to get food and water for them from the local convenience store.

No wonder Garcia said, “It gets crazy. We are working on a problem nobody else seems to think is a problem.”

He predicts his officers “will stay as busy as we’ve been. Unless some money is allocated to local law enforcement, all we will be doing is plugging up one hole while another opens, simple as that.”

Thankfully, Gov. Perry and state officials have authorized spending an extra $1.3 million a week for the Texas Department of Public Safety to supplement border security until the end of the year.

Perhaps, our president and federal officials will come to their senses and fulfill their responsibility to secure the border.

It’s not fair to the young undocumented immigrants who are dying or being sexually and physically abused;

Or to the citizens of South Texas who are being exposed to dangers from speeding vehicles to deadly illnesses;

Or to those immigrating from Mexico, Europe, Asia and Africa who have obeyed the law and waited patiently to obtain their U.S. citizenship;

And it’s certainly not fair to our overwhelmed police officers, deputies and troopers.
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