Illegal immigration bringing increased unaccompanied minors, contagious diseases (TX)

In the wake of the Bowe Bergdahl release, the VA scandal and even now President Barack Obama’s executive order to extend the cap student loan payments, the handling of a new wave of illegal immigrant children isn’t making prominent headlines though disturbing stories of detention camps housing unaccompanied minor detainees, some with contagious diseases or other serious medical conditions, is an issue of which Texans should be aware.

Numbers of minor detainees expected to rise

Per the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, the number of unaccompanied minors apprehended at the U.S.-Mexican border in fiscal 2013 was 24,668. By Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2014, the annual number is expected to reach 60,000.

The Washington Post reports more than 1,000 minors are being housed at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio with a base in Ventura County, Calif., opening to house up to another 600. An average facility stay is 30 to 45 days.

The paper further noted:

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) called the influx of unaccompanied children “an administration-made disaster.”

“Word has gotten out around the world about President Obama’s lax immigration enforcement policies and it has encouraged more individuals to come to the United States illegally,” Goodlatte said in a statement. He added that “enforcement at the border and in the interior of the U.S.” and “not another bureaucratic task force” would better solve the influx of children.

States scrambling

The Associated Press is now reporting the state of Arizona as having shipped mattresses, portable toilets and showers to a Nogales warehouse at which “over 700 illegal immigrant children have been ‘dumped’ by federal agents using the facility as a makeshift holding center.”

A Department of Homeland Security officials told AP the 2,000 mattresses were to replace the plastic cots previously used. Gov. Jan Brewer’s spokesman, Andrew Wilder, told AP on Friday that “conditions at the center are so dire that federal officials have asked the state to immediately ship medical supplies there.”

Federal authorities say the Nogales facility is serving as a way station at which children can receive medical checkups and vaccinations before being sent to one of the facilities in Ventura, San Antonio or Fort Sill, Okla.

Why should Texans be concerned?

DHS started flying illegal immigrants to Arizona from the Rio Grande Valley in Texas last month after the number of immigrants — including more than 48,000 children traveling on their own — overwhelmed the Border Patrol there.

Families were flown from Texas, released in Arizona, and told to report to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office near where they were traveling within 15 days. ICE has said the immigrants were mostly families from Central America fleeing extreme poverty and violence.

Federal officials told Brewer Friday that more than 1,000 illegal immigrant children will be “dumped” in Arizona this weekend and the practice would continue for the foreseeable future.  Adults and family units will also arrive, though Brewer was not told how many, her office said.

Brewer said the federal government never formally informed her administration of the practice and has never explained it.

Per The Arizona Daily Star, 250 children are from Guatemala with the balance from El Salvador and Honduras.

The children, most between 15 and 17 though some much younger, are housed in groups divided by age and gender. Teen mothers with their children are kept in another area. To date, plastic balls and playing cards have been provided though Border Patrol agents are said to be setting up a recreation area.

Disturbing conditions

Breitbart Texas recently obtained “internal federal government photos” from one of the federal child warehouse facilities. Click here for the photos.

Sylvia Longmire, Breitbart Texas border expert and contributing editor, provided this analysis:

“Given the deteriorating security and economic conditions in the Central American countries where most of these children and adult immigrants came from, it’s hard to understand how DHS didn’t see this coming,” Longmire said. “The trend towards increased cross-border movement towards south Texas and away from Arizona has been apparent; the trend of Central Americans starting to outnumber Mexican crossers has been apparent. Even worse is believing that DHS knew this was coming, but didn’t have the resources or ability to cut through bureaucratic red tape to prepare more quickly.

Besides subjecting thousands of people to indefinitely live in “inhumane conditions” as well as overwhelming Border Patrol agents and Customs and Border Protection facilities, Longmire said, “The Obama administration’s band-aid fix has been to ship a good portion of these immigrants — many of whom are weak, emotionally vulnerable, sick, and confused — to other sectors as far as San Diego county in California and release them with no obligation other than to show up for a hearing in 15 days.”

Reporting from KRGV, a south Texas television station, made similar observations earlier in the spring. Per a Top Right News post:

One south Texas television station, KRGV, recently reported instances of “dozens” of women and minors recently released from immigration custody with “documents that allow [them] to travel anywhere in the United States.” They were told to show up to an immigration hearing months from now — but they almost never do. This is amnesty, plain and simple.

The medical implications

Top Right News now reports on growing concerns regarding the threat of contagious diseases:

“U.S. Border Patrol agents are worried that what’s coming over into the U.S. could harm everyone. “This time the focus is not on the women and children that are crossing over in droves. “Agents are worrying about a viral outbreak. “We are sending people everywhere. The average person doesn’t know what’s going on down here,” said Border Patrol agent and Rio Grande Valley Union representative Chris Cabrera.

“Our Border Patrol agents check on us all the time and they told us about the outbreak of scabies,” Garcia said. “Cabrera says the sickness doesn’t stop at scabies. “We are starting to see chicken pox, MRSA staph infections, we are starting to see different viruses,” Cabrera said.

Long predicted

Prior to her 2006 death, Dr. Madeleine Pelner Cosman, an author and passionate advocate on medical issues and Second Amendment rights, joined the illegal immigration debate warning that “horrific diseases common in Third World poverty and medical ignorance suddenly are appearing in American emergency rooms and medical offices.”

Cosman, author of a 2005 report published in that spring’s issue of the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons, wrote, “Certain diseases that we thought we had vanquished years ago are coming back, and other diseases that we’ve never seen or rarely seen in America, because they’ve always been the diseases of poverty and the third world, are coming in now.”

Immigration reform will continue as a contentious issue. Texans will hopefully educate themselves regarding the full range of this critical discussion.

Lou Ann Anderson is an information activist and the editor of Watchdog Wire – Texas. As also a contributor at Raging Elephants Radio and News Radio 1400 KTEM, she writes and speaks on a variety of public policy topics. Lou Ann is the creator and online producer at Estate of Denial®, a website that addresses probate abuse via wills, trusts, guardianships and powers of attorney as well as other taxpayer advocacy issues.

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