U.S. Border Patrol agents changing diapers and heating baby formula are among the unusual situations being revealed (but not widely reported) with the mounting influx of thousands of “children” --- mainly from Central American countries --- illegally crossing into the U.S., observes Grumpy Editor.
Since last Monday’s report here on shelters being sought for "unaccompanied children” (the term coined by the Obama administration to describe the foreign minors who enter the U.S. illegally), some are in their teens, old enough to be in military service --- or older.
The Los Angeles Times reports “the Rio Grande Valley (in the southernmost tip of Texas) has become ground zero for an unprecedented surge in families and unaccompanied children flooding across the Southwest border.”
The flow from Central America is arriving at a rate of more than 35,000 a month, adds the L.A. Times.
Others slipping into the country illegally are known Mexican gang members.
Meanwhile, many of the young people who cross the border into the U.S. have never seen a doctor before, reveals Gil Kerlikowske, commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, in a Washington Times report by Stephen Dinan.
The commissioner says Border Patrol agents are being asked to do things, such as diaper changing and warming up baby formula, which are far beyond their usual activities.
Shelters for the migrant minors are reaching capacity at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas; Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla., Fort Bliss, El Paso, Texas, and Naval Base Ventura County, Oxnard, Calif.
So another facility being eyed this week is a vacant Social Security building in Baltimore, far from the Texas border where the illegals enter the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security calls the assistance being given as “humanitarian aid to immigrant children.”
But not widely trumpeted is that such aid is costing U.S. taxpayers $252 a day for each minor.
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