Immigration: What’s Really Going on in the Rio Grande Valley

July 1, 2014 at 2:44 PM 2 comments

Here is a letter (dated June 30, 2014) to the editor of the Texas Tribune from the mayor of McAllen, Texas, Jim Darling.  He sounds like a lovely man:

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What’s Really Happening on the Border

The city of McAllen — grappling with the humanitarian effort brought about by the influx of thousands of immigrant families and unaccompanied youth into the country this year — has found itself at the center of an extraordinary immigration situation.

Our city is working with the U.S. Border Patrol, Hidalgo County, nongovernmental organizations like Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army, and dozens of volunteers to provide modest humanitarian relief to these immigrants, most of whom are from Central America.

After an arduous journey, many (but not all) of these migrants are detained and processed by the Border Patrol. “Family units,” mostly women with young children, are dropped off at the McAllen bus station, a modern facility that serves 3 million people a year. From that point, they are essentially guests [emphasis added] in our city — passengers waiting to be reunited with their families in other parts of our country.


1.  McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley are not facing a “health crisis.” Health professionals on the ground dealing with the families have not detected or reported, at this point, any serious health conditions. That does not mean we should not remain vigilant. We strongly urge a more robust health screening at the federal facilities.[…]

4.  There has been no uptick in criminal activity in our city, which is one of the safest of its size in Texas. Because of the influx of families and unaccompanied children, there is a threat of increased illegal crossing by people with criminal intent. But federal and state governments must deal with that threat, and we understand that they are.


In the meantime, our city and our Rio Grande Valley will continue to treat these temporary visitors the same as we treat all of our visitors — with dignity and humanity, with open hearts and a helping hand.


Guests?  Visitors?  Treat them “with dignity and humanity, with open hearts and a helping hand?”  Wonderful.  Again, Darling sounds like, well, a darling but I sure can hear some heads exploding about now because no, they’re “illegal aliens!”




Entry filed under: Immigration.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. coconutspeak  |  July 1, 2014 at 11:56 PM

    I am floored, flabbergasted and delighted in no particular order! Wow! A bona fide Texas mayor is treating immigrants with dignity and humanity! I’m about to hop into my car, drive to McAllen and give that mayor a big sloppy kiss!

  • 2. coconutspeak  |  July 1, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Reblogged this on coconutspeak and commented:
    Can we say ‘ Jim Darling For President’? I don’t even care if he’s Republican. He’s a decent human being and I like that!

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