Surge in Undocumented Kids Linked to Cartel Activity, Says Texas Congressman

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Lots of kids being caught in south Texas border patrol inspections.
By now you've heard about those hundreds and thousands of kids who are flowing over the border and causing what the president terms a humanitarian crisis. Some are blaming the Obama administration for leaving a loophole in its immigration policy that allows minors some time to find family and stick around the U.S. before being deported.

Texas is the new entry point for undocumented immigrants slipping into the U.S. as of late, with 7, 640 people arrested in one week for crossing into the Rio Grande Valley last month, according to a report by the Associated Press. As for the kids, in total, it's a large and growing number that have come into the Lone Star state seeking a new home, or reuniting with family. The AP also reports since October more than 47,000 unaccompanied kids are in Texas, mainly from places like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.


Rep. Henry Cuellar blames the drug cartels for the influx of refugees, which is expected to top out at around 90,000 kids this year, according to an interview with CBS television.

What we know locally, from speaking with people involved in local shelters that deal with some of these children who wind up Houston (the numbers aren't so staggering here since we're shipping them to Arizona and California, among other places) is that the overflow is being sent to an airbase in San Antonio. And yes, some of these kids, we're told do have war stories about crossing the border with drugs, or escapping gang plagues neighborhoods.

The Obama administration has about $2 billion to deal with it all.

The best outcome most of these kids who aren't 18 yet, is being reunited with relatives in places like Los Angeles, and cities in North Carolina, Georgia and New York, among other places. You know, Latino roots run deep these days.

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