Since last October, over 500,000 illegal immigrants have been apprehended at our southern border, many of them having traveled through Mexico from El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala.
About 200,000 of those illegal immigrants were single adults, another 330,000 were part of family units, and over 56,000 of them were unaccompanied children.
In May alone, Customs and Border Protection apprehended over 144,000 people coming through the southern border. If that pace continues, we’re looking at nearly 2 million apprehensions in a single year. That is a staggering number of people for Texas and other border states to take in, and it’s depleting the resources of small communities.
Texas is being overwhelmed by the magnitude of illegal immigrants flooding into small communities. Due to inaction by Congress, these communities are left holding the bag on where the migrants will stay, how they will receive medical care, and where they will go when released.
Last week I visited the Rio Grande Valley and toured the Rio Grande Valley Centralized Processing Center, which is the largest immigration processing center in the United States. I also traveled to “Rincon Village,” which is