Shelters are packed with migrants planning to cross the Rio Grande and enter the U.S. illegally, part of an unprecedented tsunami of families and children traveling on their own from Central America through the Rio Grande Valley of Texas, where the Border Patrol has been overwhelmed by the surge, says the Arizona Republic.
Many migrants in one shelter were women who had traveled from Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala with young children. All of them had run out of money. Now, they were stuck at the shelter, within eyesight of the U.S. Hundreds of migrants from Central America are crossing the river daily. They are turning themselves over to the Border Patrol once they reach U.S. soil. One woman said she heard that the U.S. government was giving women traveling with children “permisos” — permits — to stay in the U.S. if they could make it across the river on their own. The rumor isn’t true. The U.S. government has been releasing parents traveling with children because detention facilities in the U.S. have been overwhelmed by the surge in Central Americans traveling with children.