<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - ]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcdfw.com/feature/border-crisis-dfwhttp://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.pngNBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worthhttps://www.nbcdfw.comen-usSat, 18 Nov 2017 10:04:36 -0600Sat, 18 Nov 2017 10:04:36 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations<![CDATA[Immigrant Children Influx Prompts Immigration Debate]]>Fri, 11 Dec 2015 11:34:56 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/immigrant+children1.jpg

The decision to temporarily house hundreds of unaccompanied children from Central America in Ellis and Rockwall counties is prompting a passionate debate over illegal immigration.

"It just boggles my mind that the United States would let these people come over here," said Christopher Bruton, who spoke out in front of the church camp near Maypearl where 500 children will be sheltered. "Every single one of them needs to go back home to where they came from."

In Maypearl, hairdresser Bree Carpenter says she struggled with her feelings at first but came down on the side of compassion.

"Maybe their lives can be touched," she said of the children, all of whom are between 12 and 17 years old. "A mother, you know, a parent who loves children – or anybody – it would be hard not to be compassionate."

A Baptist relief agency known as BCFS is in charge of housing the children under a contract with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

They say the children, who have come across the border in recent days, are overcrowding shelters in South Texas.

They also promise the young immigrants will only stay at the camp 21 days. Some will be sent back to their home countries. Others will live with relatives already in the U.S.

But Bruton, a 19-year-old electrician from nearby Itasca, said none of that is the point.

"It's just a bunch of illegal immigrants," he said. "I think we should pack every one of their suitcases up and send them back to where they came from because they don't belong here."

"And we can't judge people," Carpenter said.

She opened the Simply Beautiful Salon a year ago on Highway 66 in the center of Maypearl.

"We don't know what all those kids have been through," she said. "We don't know what they're coming from. Everyone is going to have their differences but if we stand together and love and do what's right, you know, we'll win in the end."

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<![CDATA[Mexico Blasts Texas for Guard on Border]]>Mon, 18 Aug 2014 08:48:42 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/border+troops.jpg

Mexico's Foreign Relations Department is denouncing Texas' decision to deploy National Guard troops along the border.

The department said in a statement Friday that Texas' decision "doesn't help joint efforts to have a modern, prosperous and safe border."

A new wave of National Guard troops were deployed along Texas' border with Mexico this week as part of a counterdrug task force. Mexico says there hasn't been a change of border security to justify the decision.

It says such measures "deviate from the path of dialogue and cooperation."

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<![CDATA[Gov. Perry Visits National Guard Training]]>Wed, 13 Aug 2014 17:40:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/border+troops.jpgGov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that sending National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border will defend not just his home state but the entire nation from "narco-terrorists."

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<![CDATA[Mixed Reactions After Plan Scrapped to House Border Kids]]>Fri, 01 Aug 2014 16:37:02 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Lamar+Alternatiive+Education+Center.jpg

Residents living near the vacant Lamar Alternative Education Program building have been getting tired of all the media attention in recent weeks. Now, with news that the campus is no longer in the running to temporarily house the border children, residents are sharing their thoughts and reactions.

Oscar Uribe, a Grand Prairie resident who lives down the street from the Lamar Alternative Education Program building, said he was disappointed to hear that the plan to bring the undocumented minors to his neighborhood has been scrapped.

"It's just a shame. I would love to go and speak to them about, give them hope. That's what I would love to do just give them hope, talk to them," he said.

But not everybody feels that way. One resident, who wished to remain anonymous, lives just across the street from the empty school. He said he and his family celebrated after hearing that the immigrant kids will no longer be coming here.

And once news broke last month that the campus could potentially house hundreds of border children temporarily, another neighbor, Curt Williams, said their quiet community was turned upside down.

"Police coming around and the news media coming around, and it just draws attention where attention doesn't need to be," he said.

Resident Diana Gorski said she also looked forward to some peace and quiet, but she also hoped one day the vacant structure could come back to life and make a positive impact in someone's life.

"It's sad that there is a space like that sitting empty where it can be used," she said.

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<![CDATA[Immigrant Youth No Longer Coming to Dallas]]>Thu, 31 Jul 2014 18:11:13 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/450883216.jpgDallas will not host 2,000 undocumented immigrant children after all, county officials said Thursday, despite their original offer.

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<![CDATA[Dallas County Not Hosting Immigrant Kids]]>Thu, 31 Jul 2014 15:24:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Immigration+children.jpgDallas will not host 2,000 undocumented immigrant children after all, county officials said Thursday, despite their original offer.

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<![CDATA[Border Patrol Rescues 2 Men from Texas Heat]]>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 21:40:23 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/tlmd_border_patrol_agente_fronte.png

The U.S. Border Patrol says its agents have rescued two men near the Texas border who were in danger because of extreme heat.

Agents say that on Sunday they rescued a man who was abandoned by a human smuggler and got lost in the brush near La Grulla. He called 911 and Starr County dispatchers told agents where to find him. They dropped water and took him to another location to be treated for dehydration.

On Monday, 911 dispatchers in Brooks County told agents where to find a man who was in distress.

Agents used a search-and-rescue K-9 to find the man, who was severely dehydrated.

Border patrol agents say that since Oct. 1, agents from the Rio Valley Grande Sector have rescued more than 300 people who had medical issues while trying to cross the border.

<![CDATA[Border Crisis Sparks Emotional Debate]]>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 06:24:03 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000110.jpgDozens of people signed up to speak at Collin County Commissioner’s Court on Monday. Commissioner Mark Reid had introduced a resolution to the agenda to prevent the housing of undocumented children and adults within county limits.

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<![CDATA[Community Leaders Show Support for Immigrant Kids]]>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:03:29 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Immigration+kids+press+conf.jpg

Community and religious leaders spoke Monday in support for the immigrant children who are expected in Dallas County in August.

Sylvia Marroquin, 13, who spoke to an audience at Dallas City Hall with the help of an English translator, described the increasing gang violence in her native country of El Salvador, and how her family was forced to flee.

"They don't have compassion for any minors," Sylvia said.

She fled the country to reunite with her parents in the United States in 2013, leaving her brother behind. Her story is very similar to those of some of the 52,000 undocumented children who have been detained crossing the U.S.-Mexico border since October.

Religious and political leaders in the Dallas area are preparing for 2,000 of those children now in detention to shelter in Dallas County.

"I don't know what denomination you are or political affiliation, but we have to have a heart for these kids," said the Rev. Lynn Godsey, president of the Hispanic Evangelical Ministry Alliance.

Several charitable organizations are now looking for volunteers, and the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees president, Miguel Solis, is also stepping forward.

"I want to make it clear that Dallas ISD is ready to assist the county commissioners and our government when and if the time comes," said Solis.

But leaders realize there is opposition to the idea of sheltering the children in Dallas.

"We'll come together with community leaders to stand the gap to welcome these children when they come," said Godsey. "They’re not criminals. They're children."

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<![CDATA[Collin County Debates Border Crisis Issues]]>Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:17:08 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-0000110.jpg

Dozens of Collin County citizens took center stage at Commissioner's Court on Monday, voicing their opinions about immigration and the housing of undocumented children.

Commissioner Mark Reid has drafted a resolution that proposes blocking children currently being housed near the border from being housed in Collin County.

While around 2,000 undocumented children currently detained at the Texas border could be housed at three Dallas County locations, in a previous interview, Reid told NBC 5 residents he has spoken with were concerned immigrants could carry disease and wind up living permanently in Collin County at local taxpayers' expense.

"To me it is tragic what these children go through, but the best place in my view for them is with their parents," Reid said.

On Monday, many speakers sided with Reid, saying, "Do we really want this in Collin County?"

Others called the immigration increase an "invasion that breaks the back of the taxpayers," or a possible drain on county resources.

Those who do not support Reid's resolution call the action "premature."

Currently, there is no proposal or plan to house undocumented immigrant children or their parents at any facilities in Collin County.

One speaker called for the Commissioner's Court to table the discussion until the issue becomes a reality.

Bethany Carson, of Allen, worries the reaction from fellow Collin County citizens is not one of compassion.

"We have nothing to fear from immigrant children," Carson said. "They shouldn't be feared as an illegal tsunami, etc., but welcomed as refugees."

The Commissioner's Court did not vote on the resolution on Monday but spent hours listening to public comment. They are set to vote next week during their next session.

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<![CDATA[Timeline for Housing Immigrant Kids Pushed Back]]>Mon, 28 Jul 2014 17:09:58 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/181*120/4a98802504824fd7abafbf0ee886ca8b.jpgThe timeline for Dallas County to house thousands of immigrant children has been pushed back.

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<![CDATA[Group Protests Immigrant Plan in Front of Judge's Home]]>Sun, 27 Jul 2014 09:25:40 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/072614+Clay+Jenkins+Protests.jpg

A small group of protesters gathered outside the Highland Park home of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins on Saturday. They are opposed to his plan to bring 2,000 undocumented immigrant children to stay at three shelters in Dallas County.

On protester's sign read "What about our children?" with the words lice, TB, scabies, swine flu and chicken pox highlighted. 

Plano resident Q. Carbonero emigrated from the United States from Cuba. He said it is unfair to think that some of the undocumented immigrants could end up staying in the country.

"It does bother me a lot that for years other people from other countries are able to elbow their way through and jump in line and come here illegally when there are people waiting in line to come here legally, which we welcome," said Carbanero. 

For more than a month, Jenkins has promoted a plan to allow the undocumented immigrant children from Central America, who have crossed over the Texas border, to be housed in three sites in Dallas County.

"This is illegal, it's immoral, it's unjust," said Carbonero. "It's an offense to those of us who did this legally, not only people like me, but people who are resident aliens."

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<![CDATA[Border Agents Work to Keep Drugs, Criminals Out]]>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 17:42:43 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Game+Warden+boat.jpgThere is another side to the immigration issue law enforcement wants people to know about: the fight to keep drugs and criminals out of the United States.

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<![CDATA[Border Agents Work to Keep Drugs, Criminals Out]]>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 21:38:17 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Texas+Game+Warden+boat.jpg

There is another side to the immigration issue law enforcement wants people to know about: the fight to keep drugs and criminals out of the United States.

In the sky above the Rio Grande Valley, Texas Department of Public Safety Capt. Stacy Holland keeps a close eye on the battle to secure this nation's border.

"That's the beauty of the helicopter. The helicopter is specifically the force multiplier," explained Holland. "We are dealing with an uptick in transnational gangs, influx of traffic. Our principal effort, out here, is the criminal aspect of the border security issue."

From the sky, he can spot cars he believes may be possible scouting missions. Smugglers look for the right time to get drugs and gang members across the river and into the U.S. and Holland can get a better view into how porous the border really is.

"I can promise you one thing. Right now, underneath us, there's scouts in these trees. You can't see them, but they're there," he said.

And the fight doesn't stop there. Below the chopper is another arm of the law: armed watercraft on the Rio Grande. Those boats patrol the river, considered one of the busiest highways used by criminals, 24/7.

"Along with all the immigration, the women and the children, the family units coming across, also comes the criminal activity. That's just mixed in," said Lt. Charlie Goble.

Goble monitors a 53-mile stretch of the river and already has spotted signs of smuggling.

"Already saw one group trying to pass. Last night our marine units interdicted about 80 pounds of marijuana and made one arrest," he said.

The watercraft have guns ready to fight back, because Goble says it's not uncommon to see gang members try to fight their way into the country.

"They've got the element of surprise. As you can see, they have cover and concealment. They can strike out at us any time," Goble said.

That's why DPS says there are so many departments patrolling the front lines of the Border Crisis.

"The drugs that are coming in, it's going to affect every community in the United States tomorrow. We're dealing with it today," Goble said.

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<![CDATA[Video Shows Patrols Along Texas-Mexico Border]]>Fri, 25 Jul 2014 07:20:33 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Border+Patrol+072514.jpgFriday morning video footage was released that shows Texas Department of Public Safety helicopter and patrol vessels and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department boats patrolling along the Texas-Mexico border.]]><![CDATA[Work Continues for Border Patrol Agents]]>Thu, 24 Jul 2014 21:40:36 -0600https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Border+crossing.jpgOn a hot summer day in July, the border between Texas and Mexico is as dangerous as ever. Still, it's heavily trafficked by illegal migrants.

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