Illegal immigrants from Brazil, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and other nations routinely descend on the bus station in McAllen, Texas, a bustling, sweltering city 10 miles from a U.S.-Mexico bridge. They openly gather in groups, make phone calls and buy bus tickets to cities across the United States. They have little fear of being arrested: Most already have been, reports Cox News Service.
Many, in fact, illegally crossed the border hoping to get caught right away and slip through a crack in the nation’s immigration system known as “catch and release.” Although Mexicans can be easily bused back to their country, arranging to deport non-Mexican immigrants can take months. There are few jails to hold them while arrangements are made. So non-Mexican immigrants deemed not to be a safety or security risk are given a summons for a distant court date at the nearby Harlingen immigration court and set free. Ninety percent do not show up in court. Instead, they meld into an illegal immigrant population now estimated at 11 million.