Wednesday, May 27, 2015

What happened to all those illegal immigrant kids?

This started out as a short piece on Clint, Texas, Zip Code 79836. But, as with almost every other town, Clint has a bigger story.

El Paso County, 2010 population 926, Hispanic or Latino “of any race were 83.98% of the population,” according to,_Texas

Family households made up 64.2 percent of the population. Percentage of households with unmarried partners – 3.5 percent, compared to 5.2 percent statewide. And an interesting piece of information: “No gay or lesbian households reported.” Which state and/or federal agency requires heterosexual/homosexual reporting?

Here are more stats than you can shake a stick at:

Proving money can be made from any emergency or event, the Associated Press reported in July 2014:

“CLINT, Texas (AP) - Authorities are considering a bid to build a shelter in West Texas that would be the largest in the U.S. to hold unaccompanied children who enter the country illegally.

“A number of sites in Texas and elsewhere are being considered as detention facilities for many of the more than 57,000 unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. since October.

“But with 3,500 beds, the proposed Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge southeast of El Paso would be far larger than other centers. A temporary processing facility in McAllen holds about 1,000 children.

“The lodge's marketing director, Charles McGuire, tells the Houston Chronicle ( ) that the principal backers of the bid previously have invested in housing for oil workers in Texas.

“The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is reviewing the proposal.”

Note that the story does not say any government agency asked for such a shelter, only that an unnamed company proposed the facility and the state “is reviewing” the plan.

The “lodge” is incorporated in New Jersey. “The Abraham Lincoln Transitional Lodge Inc. is a small, new organization in the individual and family services industry located in Montvale, N.J. It opened its doors in 2014 and now has an estimated $51,000 in yearly revenue and 1 employee.”

The story of illegal immigrant children is so last year that few news networks or newspapers even follow the border crossings. So, what happened to all those kids?

Not as many are crossing this year, DHS says. Still, it is difficult to learn about the ones who did make it into the U..S.

“(T)he government is now even meeting its legal 72-hour deadline for processing the kids at the border and releasing them to social workers, who are quickly placing the children with their relatives or foster families here in the U.S.”

The story doesn’t answer the overall question: Where are all those kids now?

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