Despite paid advertising into Central America, messages in Spanish from the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol that the trip is dangerous and there are no permisos given to stay, many tens of thousands of unaccompanied migrant children have crossed over and through Mexico's southern and northern borders to reach the United States.
The statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection regarding the "multifaceted humanitarian and security issues" they face now, with nearly 52,000 "apprehended" children arriving as of "mid-June of this fiscal year" at the Southwest U.S. border, shows the mind-numbing problem.
Estimates are that 80,000 migrating children are expected to cross the southern border illegally this year, according to a FoxNews article by Dr. Marc Siegel.
Customs and Border Patrol Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske says that they are arriving "... exhausted and scared, in need of food and water...." From the CBP website:
"Approximately three-quarters of them originated from El Salvador, Guatemala or Honduras after traveling for weeks through Mexico."
Commissioner R. Gil Kerlikowske adds that CBP and the Department of Homeland Security "... have mobilized to address this situation in a way consistent with our laws and our American values.”
Which means, he stated, that DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services are coordinating with the Department of Defense to "house and process the children. The federal partners are locating additional facilities as needed."
Mayor Long: 'inefficiency at the federal level'
Sunday on NBC's MeetThePress, a young mother named Esperanza who began the 17-day, dangerous trip from El Salvador on foot with her little boy Edwin, to the Texas border, stated:
"I thank God Immigration caught me. Thank God we're here and we're okay. I wanted a better life for my son."
An interview given with Mayor Alan Long of Murrieta, the town where protesters greeted buses of apprehended migrants, showed he had questions too:
"How come now? How come so many? And I think what's happening is, down in a less desirable area of the world, you have a lot of crime, poverty. And people are trying to flee to the greatest nation in the world. Can't blame them for that."
But Mayor Long blames Washington officials for what is happening, and he wrote a letter to them saying so.
Said the Mayor in the interview:
"People are at a boiling point and they're tired of inefficiency at the federal level."
Miguel Almaguer, the reporter on this story, also stated that as of Sunday, "... there are no children at this facility, but the mayor says that will change. They expect waves of children to arrive here in the coming days. And when that happens, protesters say they'll be back."
'the push factor'
In a following interview with Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, David Gregory repeated Mayor Long's questions of "Why now?"
Said Secretary Johnson:
"First of all, David, the reason we're seeing this influx has to do primarily with the conditions in the three Central American countries that they're leaving from, the push factor."
The conversation that followed, according to NBC's transcript:
GREGORY: More than-- and it's double, though?
DAVID GREGORY: Could it be 90,000 this year?
SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: Honduras is in a really bad place right now. El Salvador, Guatemala. The push factor is what is driving this recent influx. In addition, we know that the smuggling organizations, the criminal smuggling organizations, are putting out a lot of disinformation about supposed 'free passes' into this country that are going to expire at the end of May, at the end of June. "Just give us your money and we'll get you into the country by the end of the month." It's like a used car salesman saying that the sale's going to expire at the end of the week.
DAVID GREGORY: But that's not all misinformation, Mr. Secretary. There is deferred action on some children, passed in 2012, that will allow some children of illegal immigrants to stay.
SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: Well, that's the point we keep stressing. The deferred action program is for kids who came to this country seven years ago. It's not for anyone who comes to this country today, tomorrow or yesterday. And the legislation that the Senate passed, which provides for an earned path to citizenship, is for those who were in this country in 2011. It's not for those that are coming here today.
DAVID GREGORY: How many-- the numbers, again. I mean a year ago it's 26,000. It's double that. Could it get up to 90,000 this year?
SECRETARY JEH JOHNSON: I believe we're going to stem this tide.
And that is basically what the Secretary kept pushing, the statement that he believes "we're going to stem this tide."
Meanwhile, there are reports that Border Patrol here in San Diego County have been exposed to contagious diseases like scabies, according to a Breitbart article today based upon a press statement. From the NationalBorderPatrolLocal1613 website, officers are also being advised to bring an extra set of clothes and aware of protocol for transmissible diseases:
"The intervention measures reported to be efficient for the control and the prevention of common transmissible infections. Depending on the populations targeted, these interventions may include education, chest radiography screening for tuberculosis, directly observed therapy for tuberculosis treatment, improvement of personal clothing and bedding hygiene, and widespread use of ivermectin for scabies and body louse infestation. Systematic vaccination against hepatitis B virus, hepatitis A virus, influenza, Streptococcus pneumoniae, and diphtheria is strongly recommended."