Last week, Breitbart.com published leaked photos from warehouses and processing facilities where illegal aliens are being housed during this growing crisis at the U.S. border. The photos demonstrate how U.S. Customs and Border Patrol resources and facilities are overwhelmed from the influx of illegal crossings in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas. Once apprehended, the illegal aliens are sent to Nogales, Arizona, for processing and medical examinations.
Townhall.com reports that the Nogales processing facility is also overrun. Women, children and teenagers −primarily from Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvadore –are housed in chain link cells inside warehouses. Blankets are scarce, children are rotated through four showers and outside vendors have been contracted by Border Patrol to provide hot meals. Additionally, extra refrigerators and freezers, showers and portable toilets were brought in, and FEMA plans to transport leftover trailers from the 2005 Hurricane Katrina for extra shelter. The federal government is also opening a third processing facility at Fort Sill Army Post in Lawton, Oklahoma, in addition to locations in Ventura, California, and San Antonio, Texas.
In the past eight months, more than 47,000 illegal alien minors have illegally entered the U.S. Under the Obama Administration, they have steadily increased as word has spread about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and official policies to not enforce U.S. immigration laws. According to NBC News:
In previous years, 6,000 to 8,000 children a year crossed the border without an adult or guardian. But the numbers jumped in 2011 to about 13,525, then to 25,000 in 2012 and about 47,000 in 2013. This year they were expected to number 60,000 but may be as much as 90,000.
Those estimates continue to rise. A draft memo leaked from the Border Patrol projects that in 2015 as many as 142,000 unaccompanied minors could cross the border.