Demonstrators urge Perry to call special session for immigration surge

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HOUSTON, TX – The recent flood of immigrants into South Texas has created a storm surge that has made its way to Houston.

The call went out on social media to show up on the north street overpass at I-45 for a “Man the Overpass” demonstration.

Organizers want Gov. Perry to call a special session of the legislature to address what they say is a “self-created humanitarian crisis.”

In McAllen, Uncle Sam is converting a 55,000 square foot warehouse into a processing center for up to 1,000 unaccompanied alien children. The center will have five holding cells, portable showers, toilets and laundry facilities when completed in a couple of weeks.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is confirming that one unaccompanied child at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio has swine flu. Reports say the feds are sending in enough vaccine to treat 2,000 people.

There’s also a report out of Washington that in 2013 Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, deported more than 72,000 thousand illegal immigrant parents who claimed to have US born children.

ICE says at least 98% of those deported parents were convicted criminals, or caught illegally entering the country, or people who came back after a previous deportation.

But we’re not the Long Ranger, kemosabe, when it comes to immigration flood surges.

The Guardian reports that nearly 60,000 illegal migrants, as they call them, from Tunisia and Libya have ended up in Italy so far this year. That’s nearly as many as in the entire year of 2011, which was a record.

Europe’s boot isn’t planning to give them a boot, but the Italians, like the Americans, are looking to balance the needs of the new people with the needs of their own people.