Wednesday, July 16, 2014

PHOTOS: At McAllen Border Patrol Station, 'Unaccompanied' Children Account for Less Than 20 Percent of Those Apprehended

Los Angeles Times correspondent Molly Hennessy-Fiske obtained entry to the Border Patrol station at McAllen, Texas. She reports that nearly 1,000 illegals are detained every day, but less that 20 percent of those are "unaccompanied" children.

This is not the image of the "It's for the children!" that the despicable leftists have been spinning, as I reported earlier, "It's Not 'Unaccompanied Minors': McAllen Border Station Flooded with 1000s of Adult Illegal Alien Criminals."

Here's the report, at the Times. Click the embed to view the photos:

The number of immigrants coming across the border near the southern tip of Texas, the epicenter of the crisis, has fallen recently, [Border Patrol Regional Chief Robert] Duff said. Agents are catching about 900 migrants a day crossing the Rio Grande, compared with 1,200 a day last month, he said.

The agents are seeing half as many families as before, and unaccompanied children account for less than 20% of the people being apprehended, Duff said. It's not clear why the numbers have dropped, but the Border Patrol doesn't expect the trend to last.

The station was built to house migrants temporarily, not for days at a time. Duff said the facility could hold as many as 380 people, though he acknowledged that some officials say it should be fewer. There were 350 detainees on Tuesday, the day of the tour.