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article imageArizona has become 'dumping ground' for illegal immigrants

By Karen Graham     Jun 7, 2014 in Politics
The illegals immigrants, mostly from Central America, cross the Rio Grande into Texas where they are soon picked up by the Border Patrol. Last year 154,453 immigrants were apprehended, up from the 97,762 caught in 2012.
Southern Texas has become the main gateway for entering the United States, with an increasingly greater number of people trying to get away from the violence in their home countries in Central America. More disturbing is the number of children, many of them traveling as far as 1,000 miles to reach the safety of this country.
With Texas resources strained to the breaking point, last month the federal government, without consulting Arizona authorities, grabbed hundreds of illegal immigrants after they crossed the border into Texas, put them on planes and flew them to Arizona. Once there, they were put on buses and dropped off at bus stations in Tuscon and Phoenix. The practice didn't surface until last week.
The federal government told Arizona authorities on Friday the practice would continue "for the "foreseeable future," and this weekend over 1,000 immigrant children will be dumped in Arizona, along with adults and any family units. The Governor's office reports that the exact number of adults was not known.
The practice has raised the ire of activists on both sides of the immigration issue, and outraged Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. Brewer, a Republican, said on Friday she was “disturbed and outraged” over the practice. In a letter to President Barack Obama, she wrote that this is, "another disturbing example of a deliberate failure to enforce border security policies and repair a broken immigration system."
Critics of this practice say the immigrants will "vanish into the woodwork," and it will be difficult to find them, while advocates are saying the feds have created a humanitarian crisis by dumping these people in the "middle of nowhere" without providing enough of the basic necessities, like food and water, especially with temperatures reaching to 100 degrees.
Brewer said the government never informed her administration of the practice, nor have they explained why this has happened. In a statement to the press, Brewer said, “This is a crisis of the federal government’s creation, and the fact that the border remains insecure – now apparently intentionally - while this operation continues full-steam ahead is deplorable."
Brewer said she has demanded answers from the Department of Homeland Security, and is asking that President Obama end the practice. “I am disturbed and outraged that President Obama’s administration continues to implement this dangerous and inhumane policy, meanwhile neglecting to answer crucial questions our citizens demand and deserve," she said.
To say that things have gotten out of hand would be an understatement. The whole problem with illegal immigration has taken a new turn, and it may not be for the better. President Obama on Monday said the recent influx of unattended children crossing the border has turned things into an "urgent humanitarian situation," and he instructed FEMA head Craig Fugate to investigate the crisis. Obama is also asking Congress for an additional $1.4 billion to deal with the influx.
Those being sent to Arizona are expected to use an honor system, and check in at a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office within 15 days of their arrival. Newsmax.com reported on June 6 that Jimena Diaz, the Phoenix-based consul general of Guatemala, told a local news station that on Thursday, she had been told by an official from the Phoenix office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement that "They aren't going to send any more."
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