Immigration officials are being overwhelmed be countless numbers of women and children that are crossing the border illegally. There isn’t enough room for the hordes of people crossing the border illegally, and there are starting to be some major issues. The Federal Emergency Management Agency has been called in to assist in containing the crisis.
Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio has been set up as an emergency shelter for some of the thousands of unaccompanied minors that have immigrated to the U.S. in recent weeks. The kids are in a safe place, with a warm bed to sleep in, and three hot meals a day. Something that many of them have probably never experienced.
Women and children are being flown to Tucson from Texas, and then bussed to Phoenix, where they are being dropped off without any resources to fend for themselves. Immigration officials are leaving them there with as little as a bottle of water and an apple. Thankfully, local volunteers have taken it upon themselves to help these lost people by giving them food and help.
There is no clear reason as to why all of these people are immigrating, incessantly, to the U.S. Border Patrol officials believe that immigrants are coming here because of the American policy, and how they are being treated, while White House officials claim that it is their home countries economic turmoil and violence that are driving these people here. Whatever the cause, more and more people are coming, and they aren’t showing any signs of stopping. There are people that are fighting to give these immigrants asylum, and are fighting to get these people legal representation, but there is too high of a demand and not nearly a high enough supply.
This past week, federal officials allowed news organizations to tour the Lackland Air Force Base, with limited access. Reporters were not able to speak to the children or take any pictures, to try and protect these children’s privacy. From what the reporters reported, the atmosphere is laid back and almost summer camp like. There are people teaching the children English, playing with them, interacting with them. They reported that you could hear laughter wafting through the air as they walked through the buildings, but the scars from the children’s trauma was still there. There were homemade inspirational posters that the children had made that say things like, “Be strong,” and, “Be brave. Trust in God. He is Great.”