ICE flying immigrant kids out of Houston to other cities in USA
HOUSTON, TX – It was just a matter of time before the South Texas immigrant flood came to Houston.
Immigration agents are bringing some kids to Bush Intercontinental Airport to put them onto planes bound for undisclosed cities around the country.
This created the opportunity for immigration reform activists to go to the airport to push for letting the kids, and their families, stay in the country.
“We welcome to see a change soon so that in both United States immigration law, but also in our neighboring countries, in Central America and Mexico, so that these types of crisis don’t continue to happen,” said Cesar Espinosa, the executive director for Immigrant Families and Students in Struggle.
Meantime, Texas congressman Mike McCaul brought members of his House Homeland Security Committee to McAllen to meet with Gov. Perry and to do their own border check.
Committee members centered on two issues: the humanitarian crisis, and national security.
Rep. Sheila Jackson-Lee, a Democrat from Houston, said “this is not a national security crisis. This is a humanitarian crisis.”
Rep. Paul Brown, a Georgia Republican disagreed. “I disagree with my colleague from Texas, Ms. Jackson-Lee, in that it still is a very real problem that this porous, open border is also a very real national security risk.”
Gov. Perry stayed away from the debate over the government’s ability to secure the border, sticking instead with the question of how to take care of the crisis on the border.
“This is an opportunity for us, as Americans, not as Democrats or Republicans, but as Americans, to deal with an issue that the world is watching.”
And while the world watches, the South Texas flood continues with no end in sight.