Surge in Undocumented Kids Linked to Cartel Activity, Says Texas Congressman

Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

By now you've heard about those hundreds and thousands of kids who are flowing over the border and causing what the president terms a humanitarian crisis. Some are blaming the Obama administration for leaving a loophole in its immigration policy that allows minors some time to find family and stick around the U.S. before being deported.

Texas is the new entry point for undocumented immigrants slipping into the U.S. as of late, with 7, 640 people arrested in one week for crossing into the Rio Grande Valley last month, according to a report by the Associated Press. As for the kids, in total, it's a large and growing number that have come into the Lone Star state seeking a new home, or reuniting with family. The AP also reports since October more than 47,000 unaccompanied kids are in Texas, mainly from places like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

Rep. Henry Cuellar blames the drug cartels for the influx of refugees, which is expected to top out at around 90,000 kids this year, according to an interview with CBS television.

What we know locally, from speaking with people involved in local shelters that deal with some of these children who wind up Houston (the numbers aren't so staggering here since we're shipping them to Arizona and California, among other places) is that the overflow is being sent to an airbase in San Antonio. And yes, some of these kids, we're told do have war stories about crossing the border with drugs, or escapping gang plagues neighborhoods.

The Obama administration has about $2 billion to deal with it all.

The best outcome most of these kids who aren't 18 yet, is being reunited with relatives in places like Los Angeles, and cities in North Carolina, Georgia and New York, among other places. You know, Latino roots run deep these days.

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.


Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.