The commander overseeing 1,000 National Guard troops being sent to the Rio Grande Valley says the open-ended mission is a first for the reserve military force.
According to the federal government, the border crisis is no longer bad enough to need Dallas County’s help. The news meant work to prepare vacant schools and other facilities came to a screeching halt on Thursday.
On Monday, Governor Rick Perry deployed up to 1,000 National Guard and some state guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border. At a news conference at the State Capitol, the Governor said, “The price of inaction is too high for Texans to pay.”
Protesters in North Texas and across America were on a mission Friday to keep attention focused on the border crisis. There were demonstrations across the country, but the largest one in North Texas was in Dallas.
As the numbers of unaccompanied minors showing up to the Texas-Mexico border continues to rise, 14-year old Silvia Marroquin of El Salvador and her family are opening up to CBS 11 News about the teens journey to North Texas.
Dallas County Commissioners Court Judge Clay Jenkins says he knows he set an ambitious goal: By the end of this month, bring to Dallas County two thousand unaccompanied children from Central America who crossed the Texas border illegally.
After all the back and forth criticism between Governor Perry and The White House, the Governor got what he wanted Wednesday: a one on one meeting with President Obama.
While Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said as many as 2,000 children from the border will be coming to Dallas County by the end of July, almost no work has been done by the federal government to prepare at least two of the three potential shelter sites.
Some unaccompanied minors have already arrived in North Texas and have been released to relatives or family friends until their day in court. This story details the trials and perils of a teenage girl and her one-year-old son.
Some people are expressing health concerns as hundreds, possibly thousands, of immigrant children head to North Texas. There are reports the kids could have diseases like swine flu and tuberculosis. But some of the concerns are unfounded.
While protestors have greeted immigrant children in other states, many North Texans are asking how they can help. A master plan is not in place yet, but many local organizations are already preparing for the more than 2,000 children expected to arrive.
City of Grand Prairie leaders say they are being left out of the planning process.