CNN reported today that our government expects some 90,000 illegal immigrants will make their way into the United States over the U.S./Mexico border by October. That’s right, in addition to the 52,000 illegals estimated to be here now, officials estimate there will be another 40,000 illegal immigrants, mostly underage, here in another two months.
Congress and the Administration are at an impasse with the illegals; meanwhile military bases are caught somewhere in the middle. Weeks ago a directive came from the White House that all available space on all U.S. bases could be needed and would be used if necessary. Not all bases have been utilized but with another 40,000 teens, women, and children on the way, unused barracks will fill up fast. Military bases have become de facto detention centers for the undocumented and illegal Central Americans.
Border States are begging for help. Just hours ago, Gov. Rick Perry (R) of Texas announced his plan to use $38 million in emergency funds to pay for 1,000 National Guard troops along the Texas/Mexican border. Gov. Perry says the troops will augment law enforcement who are overwhelmed with the masses.
He estimates this initial $38 million, taken from an unused fund for emergency radio infrastructure within the Texas Department of Public Safety, will cover about three months of funding for the troops.
But while Customs and Border Protection focus on land-crossings or those swimming the Rio Grande, the U.S. Coast Guard is fighting another battle by sea.
Thursday, the Coast Guard discovered an abandoned panga in Crystal Cove near Laguna Beach, Calif. The panga, typically a 30 foot, motorized, non-covered boat, is a staple for drug runners and human traffickers on the West Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico. Officials suspect the abandoned boat was used for human trafficking, since there was no evidence of drug smuggling in the boat and no one was found.
Click here for a snippet of the debate with President Obama and the GOP over the immigration crisis.
Another perspective here from Vietnam War and Iraq War veteran, Rep. Kerry Bentivolio (R) Mich.