EL CENTRO – Board of Supervisors listened to the grim report by CEO Ralph Cordova concerning the imminent arrival of plane loads of illegalâ€™s arrested in South Texas.
According to El Centro Sector Border Patrol Chief Villareal, the Texas Border Patrol is in inundated by the large numbers crossing illegally and cannot process the vast numbers.
By exporting the minors and families to different processing areas, the job would be done faster.
Michael Kelley suggested using the newly built detention facility as a way to hold the 140 detainees that will be arriving by plane every 3 days. This way Kelley said the Feds would be responsible for all their costs as long as they are detained, however once they are released, the county is financially responsible.
As Cordova explained, 90% will be released in the community to wait for their court date that could take anywhere from 6 months to a year. While waiting, the county and non-profits like the IV Food Bank will be responsible to food, housing, medical and any criminal costs.
Border Patrol Chief Villareal said this is only the tip of the iceberg and that the Border Patrol has never in their history had to deal with anything like this and they are trying to deal with the logistics too.
“This is a problem also for us. It is the first time in history we have been taxed with this problem.”
Supervisor Ray Castillo, District 5, lays the blame for this with the Obama administration when they passed the Dream Act.
“The dream act opened the flood gates. Now we have thousands upon thousands of undocumented minors and families invading the border,” Castillo said.
No action could be taken by the board but alternatives to releasing the detainees into the community were to be quickly explored.