Tag Archive: Rio Grande Valley


Border Agents Bracing For New Immigrant Surge

 

 

Families of Central American immigrants turn themselves in to U.S. Border Patrol agents after crossing the Rio Grande River from Mexico on September 8, 2014 in Mission, Texas. Although the numbers of such immigrant families and unaccompanied minors have decreased from a springtime high, thousands continue to cross in the border illegally into the United States. The Rio Grande Valley sector is the busiest area for illegal border crossings, especially for Central Americans, into the U.S.  (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images) Photo: John Moore, Getty Images

John Moore, Getty Images

 

 

” On a recent evening near the banks of the Rio Grande, a group of five Guatemalan immigrants, among them two girls, ages 8 and 10 without a parent or guardian by their side, turned themselves over to U.S. Border Patrol agents. 

  It is a familiar scene to law enforcement agencies in South Texas that witnessed nearly 50,000 unaccompanied children and families, mostly from Central America, illegally streaming across the border here last year.

  While far fewer immigrants have been detained in recent months than during the same period a year ago, thousands are still crossing the Rio Grande illegally, and border agents are bracing for thousands more in the months ahead.

  Already, 15,647 minors and 13,911 families have been detained since the beginning of the fiscal year in October, along the whole Southwest border, most of them in Rio Grande Valley. With the historically busy April, May and summer months ahead, it is conceivable that apprehensions this year will surpass all but the unprecedented surge of 2014.”

 

Houston Chronicle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Writing On The Walls Of A Chinese Stash House

 

 

Chinese Stash House

 

” The stories of countless immigrants are being chronicled in unlikely places. People are scribbling warnings and tips on the walls of stash houses.

  A stash house north of Mission yielded proof of the trend. Federal agents raided the structure nearly a year ago. The property was left open the day of the bust. A CHANNEL 5 NEWS crew entered and witness the conditions immigrants endure as they try to make their way north of the Rio Grande Valley.

  People’s belongings were scattered, mixed with the trash. A pungent smell permeated the place. But it was the walls that caught the news crew’s attention – messages carved on wood panels … in Chinese.

  Curiosity led the news team to Jason Song.

” Wow! This is incredible,” Song said.

” I don’t think, when he left China, he was thinking it was going to turn out to be (like) this,” Song said of the person who carved the message. “

 

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“Obama Will Let Me Go”

 

 

 

 

” The debate in Washington on immigration reform has had no political impact, but the debate is having a major impact on south Texas, 1200 WOAI news reports.

  Officials say the number of people entering the U.S. illegally is way up and, tragically, the number of undocumented immigrants who have been found dead in the unforgiving Texas Brush Country is way up, and is on path this year to beat last year’s record for the number of people found dead in the ranch country.

  Linda Vickers, who owns a ranch in Brooks County, which is Ground Zero for the immigration debate, pins the blame directly on talk of ‘amnesty’ and a ‘path to citizenship’ for people who entered the U.S. illegally.

Border Patrol agents report that immigrants are crossing the border, and in some cases surrendering while asking, “Where do I go for my amnesty?”

  “When you have amnesty waving in the wind, you’re going to get an increase,” Vickers says.  “And when you get an increase, especially with this heat, you’re going to get an increase in deaths.”