BROWNSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Children’s faces pressed against glass. Hundreds of young boys and girls covered with aluminum foil-like blankets next to chain link fences topped with barbed wire. The pungent odor that comes with keeping people in close quarters.

These were the scenes Wednesday from tours of crowded Border Patrol stations in South Texas and Arizona, where thousands of immigrants are being held before they are transferred to other shelters around the country.

It was the first time the media was given access to the facilities since President Barack Obama called the more than 47,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the country illegally this budget year an “urgent humanitarian situation.”

The surge in minors, mostly from Central America, has overwhelmed the U.S. government.

The children pose a particular challenge because the law requires that they be transferred from Border Patrol stations like the ones in Texas and Arizona to the Department of Health and Human Services within 72 hours.

From there, they are sent to shelters for several weeks as the government tries to reunite them with family in the U.S. The network of some 100 shelters around the country has been over capacity for months and is now caring for more than 7,600 children.

The tours were a shift from previous weeks when the government refused to provide basic details about the location of the facilities. But the tours also came with restrictions, such as no interaction with children and no on-the-record conversations with employees.

Inside the Fort Brown station in Brownsville, dozens of young boys were separated from dozens of young girls, with many lying under blankets on concrete floors. Mothers with children still younger were in another cell.

Happier faces could be found in a side yard outside, where young children colored pictures under a camouflage tent.

A group of about a dozen girls of perhaps 5 or 6 sat under another tent outside the shower trailer, dark hair wet and shiny. Women wearing blue gloves combed each girl’s hair. Tables held stacks of clean bluejeans, T-shirts and toiletries.

Deeper into the yard, teen girls kicked a soccer ball and tossed a football with workers from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

In Nogales, Arizona, girls playing soccer with two male border agents shrieked when their ball crossed over the chain link fence and away from the small recreational area covered by a white tent. Others playing basketball cheered on their teammates.

Inside, the approximately 1,000 children in the clean, 120,000-square-foot warehouse were silent.

In a roomy area with teenage boys, a large, high-definition TV playing the World Cup went largely ignored. A small group of boys played soccer, but most lay on tiny mattresses and covered themselves with thin, heat-reflective blankets that looked like aluminum foil.

Chain link fences 15 feet tall and topped with barbed wire separated the children by age and gender.

Federal agents said they could not provide an estimate of the number of minors at the facility because the figure is fluid as children transition in and out.

Authorities at the Nogales station have struggled to adjust to their new role as temporary caretakers.

For example, it took a few days of children rejecting breakfast burritos before agents learned that Central Americans aren’t accustomed to flour tortillas. FEMA renegotiated its contract with a food vendor to begin receiving corn tortillas instead.

The children are fed three times a day and take turns by group to use the 200-seat dining area.

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13 thoughts on “Thousands of Immigrant Children Create Humanitarian Crisis In Texas and Arizona

  1. Tyrone on said:

    Governors Are To Blame For Accepting Illegal Immigrants In Their State: Governors have State Right to refuse to accept the illegal immigrants in their State as some States refused to accept State portion of Obama-Care

  2. Willie on said:

    AMERICA NO MAS! Game Over! ALL of us should began to learn Spanish. This move by Latin America is a SLAM-DUNK to eradicate the American life as we know it. As one Borden Patrol officer said, “we don’t have to chase them, they want us to catch them.”

  3. Jacquelynn4 on said:

    This is no humanitarian crisis. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see that this suddenly overwhelming influx of unaccompanied children(!) crossing our wide open borders is an orchestrated event spurred on by the recently passed “Dream Act” and other “paths to citizenship” that Obama is touting for illegal aliens. What is he thinking? Who cares about him being the first “black” President (let’s not forget that his mother was white) — wrong is just wrong and the buck stops with him. He needs to shore up those borders because among those entering illegally are assuredly more than a few who would wish harm to Americans, and who have blended in with the flow to gain entry where they otherwise would not be allowed. America is already broke and has long ago been bought and sold to the Chinese, and of course the money to care for these thousands is coming straight out of our tax dollars. You know they’re not being sent back, and THEY know it too! As we know, black people are the last consideration, so any jobs that might have been coming our way (not to mention college financial aid) will now be diverted to illegal immigrants, and until they get those jobs, they will be on welfare — again on our tax dollars. How does this benefit America? The overwhelming influx is also likely a drug smugglers dream. Keeping the border patrol agents so overwhelmed with “babysitting” is a great diversion to allow them to do whatever they want to do.

    • Dean on said:

      Right you are. Obama is not black–he’s not, he’s biracial, mixed or mulatto. And Obama is not African American–he’s not because African Americans are the descents of Africans enslaved and brought to America and Obama does not fit that definition. So he’s neither black nor African American.

      Obama has thrown blacks under the bus with his immigration policies.

      Today, I wrote to my Congressperson Barbara Lee about this. I wrote to the Congressional Black Caucus about this months ago. Have you contacted your Congressional representatives–in the Senate and House of Representatives–to tell them of your concerns, which are also outlined by my other reply to this posting? Have you contacted your church, your Congressional Black Caucus, your national and local NAACP, your local and national Urban League, President Obama, etc? Have you asked your friends and relatives to do the same?

      1. A job is the best social program that there is, yet Obama is pushing amnesty for illegal immegrants that would cement in jobs that illegals have stolen from blacks. (Seehttp://www.theroot.com/articles/politics/2010/02/how_illegal_immigration_hurts_black_america.html?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite and after reading the first two paragraphs you’ll realize that illegals have stolen millions of jobs from blacks.) Here’s immigration reform we can believe in: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for current and future employees and have the process issue a numbered receipt to show compliance 2. Have enforced penalties of at least $20,000 per employee per day that do not pass E-Verify. 3. Couple that with prompt appeals of those who do not pass. 4. Couple that with the provision that expenses for employees that do not pass E-Verify are not tax-deductable as a business expense. This will turn off the magnet of work and will not lead to deportation costs. The unemployment rate of US citizens and legal immigrants will go down as the illegals go back home by train, plane, automobile, boat or foot! Problem solved! And without the expense of many deportations!

      Allow criminality and you get more of it. Subsidize and activity and you get more of it. Obama caused this flood of Illegal immigrant children, many of which think that they’ll get the AMNESTY that Obama is working for to the detriment of African Americans and other Americans. If these illegal children have family in the USA, the family should be billed for their upkeep and the children should be promptly deported. But that makes too much sense!

      Right you are. For every bilingual class, there’s one less class for English or Math or otherwise. For every bilingual or Spanish book or DVD or CD at the library, there’s one less English book or DVD or CD. Illegals steal jobs and resources.

  4. Democratic Party THANK YOU for all you’ve done for the people of Central
    America and Mexico Thanks to you the flood gets are open the ring leader Obama
    wants 2 billion for aid to these illegals (translation handouts) I don’t see way after all for years the liberal left has been telling us “they just come here to do the work Americans wont”

  5. Linda on said:

    Send all of them back where they came from–this country cannot take care of it’s own people let alone more IMMIGRANTS!!!

    As for the undocumented adults that are already here-they should be rounded up and deported.

    If they are here working-they need to pay TAXES–there should be no FREE RIDE for them!

    • No need to deport the illegals. Just do as noted below with E-Verify and they’ll go at no cost, no muss and no fuss: . 1. A job is the best social program that there is, yet Obama is pushing amnesty for illegal immegrants that would cement in jobs that illegals have stolen from blacks. (See http://www.theroot.com/articles/politics/2010/02/how_illegal_immigration_hurts_black_america.html?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite and after reading the first two paragraphs you’ll realize that illegals have stolen millions of jobs from blacks.) Here’s immigration reform we can believe in: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for current and future employees and have the process issue a numbered receipt to show compliance 2. Have enforced penalties of at least $20,000 per employee per day that do not pass E-Verify. 3. Couple that with prompt appeals of those who do not pass. 4. Couple that with the provision that expenses for employees that do not pass E-Verify are not tax-deductable as a business expense. This will turn off the magnet of work and will not lead to deportation costs. The unemployment rate of US citizens and legal immigrants will go down as the illegals go back home by train, plane, automobile, boat or foot! Problem solved!

  6. Dangereous BlkMan on said:

    Man it is hard enough for my people to find work around here without the Mexicans coming in and stealing the work. They need to take these illegal immigrants and their parents if they can be found and ship them back into Mexico. Amnesty will destroy black jobs. I can’t fucking stand white and it pains me to side with them on any subject. But the Mexicans will get the jobs before blacks will for the simple fact that whites will hire them first.

    • Dean on said:

      And have you contacted your Congressional representatives–in the Senate and House of Representatives–to tell them of your concerns, which are also outlined by my other reply to your posting? Have you contacted your church, your Congressional Black Caucus, your national and local NAACP, your local and national Urban League, President Obama, etc? Have you asked your friends and relatives to do the same?

  7. Dean on said:

    1. A job is the best social program that there is, yet Obama is pushing amnesty for illegal immegrants that would cement in jobs that illegals have stolen from blacks. (See http://www.theroot.com/articles/politics/2010/02/how_illegal_immigration_hurts_black_america.html?utm_medium=feed&obref=obinsite and after reading the first two paragraphs you’ll realize that illegals have stolen millions of jobs from blacks.) Here’s immigration reform we can believe in: 1. Make E-Verify mandatory for current and future employees and have the process issue a numbered receipt to show compliance 2. Have enforced penalties of at least $20,000 per employee per day that do not pass E-Verify. 3. Couple that with prompt appeals of those who do not pass. 4. Couple that with the provision that expenses for employees that do not pass E-Verify are not tax-deductable as a business expense. This will turn off the magnet of work and will not lead to deportation costs. The unemployment rate of US citizens and legal immigrants will go down as the illegals go back home by train, plane, automobile, boat or foot! Problem solved!

    Allow criminality and you get more of it. Subsidize and activity and you get more of it. Obama caused this flood of Illegal immigrant children, many of which think that they’ll get the AMNESTY that Obama is working for to the detriment of African Americans and other Americans. If these illegal children have family in the USA, the family should be billed for their upkeep and the children should be promptly deported. But that makes too much sense!

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