Immigrants Still Surging into Texas Shelters

Julian Aguilar, Tuscon Sentinel, December 24, 2014

The media tent that once stood in the parking lot of Sacred Heart Church is gone, as are the television crews and reporters who descended this summer when the flow of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the Texas border was major news.

But after a brief lull, the surge of undocumented families passing through a temporary shelter set up by Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley seems to be rising again. The spotlight may have turned away, but if the sense of crisis is gone, the people have not stopped coming.

“The numbers increased a lot this past month, almost to 100 every day [last week],” said Sister Norma Pimentel, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley. “We have seen some that have already been caught and tried again. They have hope that they have a chance at a better life here.”

After Christmas, she said, the charity will begin searching for a facility to turn what began as a temporary shelter into a permanent offering.

Pimentel oversees the volunteer effort providing short-term shelter to some of the thousands of women and children who have trekked to Texas from Central America. About 52,300 families surrendered to the U.S. Border Patrol in the Rio Grande Valley during the 2014 fiscal year, an increase of more than 500 percent over 2013. About 50,000 unaccompanied children were caught or surrendered to border agents in the Valley in fiscal year 2014.

The number of unaccompanied minors apprehended, or who have surrendered, has gone down from about 5,460 in October and November of 2013 to about 3,220 during the same months this year. But the number of parents with one or more minor children has stayed about the same: 3,430 in October and November of last year compared with 3,360 this year.

“It doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon,” Pimentel said. “[The Border Patrol] considered the fact that we’re here and we’re prepared to receive them.”

With so many arrivals, the Border Patrol releases most families to the church shelter with orders for them to appear before an immigration judge in whatever city they reach. {snip}

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  • Easyrhino

    Wasn’t it recently determined that the cost to shelter these illegals is plus $500/day/head?
    How much water has to pour into the lift raft before we say “no more”?

    • Oil Can Harry

      It might be cheaper to put them up in the Caesars Palace penthouse suite that Ken Jeong rented in Hangover 3!

  • Oil Can Harry

    No surprise that after Obama announces Amnesty our border sees an increase in the number of Garbage Pail Kids- uh, I mean idealistic young DREAMers who are saving our country by doing the work native-born Americans are too lazy to do.

    • Wing-nut.

      Garbage Pail Kids… Too good. Lol

    • Wing-nut.

      Garbage Pail Kids!!!!

  • rockman

    Amazing what one single man named Obama can do. What would happen is people just stopped doing what he wanted and thought for themselves. Just say to him that he is no longer important and has no authority to do anything any more. Just realize that the king has no clothes. He only has the power we give to him by our obeying him Just walk away from him mentally.

    • See The Future

      Why has he not been forcibly removed for acts of treason?

  • LeonNJ

    It is interesting how all the media has left this story in the dust. Where’s Megyn Kelly? She was going wild back in the summer about all this, but I guess she forgets about it when she goes home for the night in her lily-white neighborhood.

  • DonReynolds

    Stop posting articles that refer to these people as “immigrants”. Under US law, they are not immigrants of any sort. The ONLY immigrants are those who came to this country legally and are part of the immigration system. Period.
    These are foreign citizens (aliens) who are in the United States illegally. Thus, they are illegal aliens. The Leftist media has been trying to confuse the two groups of people for decades, insisting that immigrants are immigrants, no matter how they got here and no matter their immigration status.

    • JBP

      Exactly. One of the first mistakes many of us make is accepting the ‘terms and conditions’ of the crap spewed out of the liberal extremists’ pie-holes.

    • Ella

      Then, we citizens are forced to pay illegals benefits.

      • DonReynolds

        We need to refuse. Give them defiance instead. Not one handful of dirt. There is no part of this country that belongs to them and we will wade in blood to keep it……including our own.

    • sulbernick

      Same thing occurs in Britain.

  • Realist

    “It doesn’t look like it’s going to end any time soon.”
    Yeah! Whites will actually have to do something about it.

    • See The Future

      Whites do not think this is a problem.

      They have their beer, pizza and professional sports.

      • Realist

        Yes, many are very stupid.

  • IstvanIN

    The invasion is never ending. Genocide of real American is right around the corner.

  • See The Future

    Why are white Americans allowing the executive to continue this insane action?

  • fuzzypook

    Mexico is moving up here. And no one is going to stop it.

    • Ella

      We all know that they will not stop coming until it is forced.