For John, BLUF: Refugees at our Southern Boder come from somewhere. That somewhere is Central America, where conditions are not good. The good news is that between us and Venezuela stands the nation of Columbia. Nothing to see here; just move along.
'We’ve never seen anything like this': As Trump threatens to close border, migrants overwhelm Texas cities
From USA Today, by Reporterw Aaron Montes and Rick Jervis, 30 March 2019.
Here is the lede plus three:
Under a bridge connecting the U.S. with Mexico, dozens of migrant families cram into a makeshift camp set up by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. The families are there because permanent processing facilities have run out of room.So, if we accept the view of illegal immigration experts House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer that there is no crisis on our Southern Boder, can we at least grant that there is a caution? And will they help round up the money to help deal with this caution?
Seven hundred miles east, busload after busload of weary, bedraggled migrants crowd into the Catholic Charities Humanitarian Respite Center in McAllen, Texas. Organizers there are used to handling 200 to 300 migrants a day. Lately, the migrants have been arriving at a clip of around 800 a day, overflowing the respite center and straining city resources.
“It’s staggering,” McAllen City Manager Roy Rodriguez said. “Really, we’ve never seen anything like this before.”
Along the Texas border with Mexico – from El Paso to Eagle Pass to the Rio Grande Valley – masses of migrants have been crossing the border in unprecedented numbers, overwhelming federal holding facilities and sending local leaders and volunteers scrambling to deal with the relentless waves of people.
And there is this Associated Press story from the end of this last week, "Mexico braces for new caravan of Central American migrants". There are 44 million people in Central America, many in criminal gangs and most of the others looking to go some place better. How many of those even understand what it means to be an American? Nancy? Chuck?
Hat tip to the Drudge Report.
Regards — Cliff