Border Children Reportedly Sickened by Food in US Facilities, Throwing in Trash
HOUSTON, Texas --A tidal wave of illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border has caused federal housing and processing facilities to become overwhelmed and overcrowded. As a result, officials have resorted to a makeshift housing center in Nogales, Arizona, especially for the surge of thousands of children who were part of the influx. They are being transported there via plane. Many of the minors at one facility -- which only opened on Friday -- are reportedly being sickened by the food -- and throwing the food in the trash.
Tony Banegas, consul of Honduras to Arizona, told local media outlet KPHO-TV, "This morning they switched to burritos, but they complained the eggs were cold. They couldn’t eat them and even made them sick. They complained they had a burrito but had to throw it in the trash." He said, "What happened today is they added four showers. Some of the girls were able to take their first shower in 10 days. They’re planning to build 60 in the next few days."
According to CBS Houston, "vendors are being contracted to provide nutritional meals." In addition to this, recreational activities and counseling programs will be provided to the children at an unknown cost.
Minors at the new housing center in Nogales are sleeping on plastic cots while officials wait for 2,000 mattresses to arrive at the facility, according to the Associated Press (AP). Portable toilets and showers were also allegedly brought to warehouse, which has a capacity of 1,500. Around 800 children are currently living at the housing center, but the AP reported that 1,400 minors will ultimately be brought there.
Jimena Díaz, consul general of Guatemala in Phoenix, told the Arizona Daily Star that most of the individuals at the housing facility are between the ages of 15 and 17. Almost all of the are from Guatemala, El Salvador, or Honduras. Deporting individuals from these countries has proven more difficult than deporting Mexican crossers.
Thousands of such illegal immigrants are simply released onto U.S. soil each week. Some of the released aliens are even criminals--as Breitbart Texas previously reported, more than 36,000 convicted criminal illegal aliens were released by U.S. authorities in 2013 alone.
The sharp increase in illegal immigration shows no signs of slowing down. Word has apparently spread in Central and South America that aliens are being released at a rapid rate -- this could be encouraging more families and individuals to make the dangerous trip north.
Father Heyman Vazquez, the director of a migrant shelter in Mexico, told CBS Houston that children are encouraged to cross into the U.S. illegally because they think they will be given amnesty. Vazquez said, "I remember a little boy of 9 years old and I asked if he was going to go meet someone and he told me ‘No, I’m just going to hand myself over because I hear they help kids.'"
Texas Senator Ted Cruz recently told Breitbart Texas that the Obama Administration's "lawlessness" is responsible for the recent sharp increase in illegal immigration.
"One of the consequences were seeing on the border is a humanitarian crisis that is a direct consequence of Obama's lawlessness," Cruz said. "The parents think, 'If I send my child [to the U.S.], my child will have amnesty.' That's what the president of the U.S. has said. It is the exact opposite of a humane approach to immigration or to securing our borders."
Follow Kristin Tate on Twitter @KristinBTate.
This article has been updated, as a quote was mistakenly attributed to another individual.