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Texas Immigration Crisis Leaves Children In Limbo
Updated: Monday, June 23 2014, 05:43 PM CDT
It's become a childcare center of sorts. The dorms at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio turned into a temporary safe haven for scared immigrant children.
"Stories of children having their ears cut off, their fingers cut off in the pathway along the way here," said Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott.
Abbott calls the influx of immigrants to the Lone Star State a "heartbreaking humanitarian nightmare" caused by the Obama Administration.
"The federal government has failed its obligation to secure our border as a result the state of Texas doing what feds failed to do," added Abbott.
By adding boots to the ground -- deploying the Texas Department of Public Safety to the border. Abbott expects the feds to foot the bill and he has the support of U.S. Senator Ted Cruz.
"We need to follow the law. We need to attempt to send them back to their home country, back to their families," said Cruz.
Cruz called the immigration crisis a direct consequence of Obama granting nearly 800,000 illegal immigrants under the age of 18 amnesty in 2012.
"The real solution is to change the legal environment that is causing so many children to be handed over to drug dealers to come here," added Cruz.
State Senator Wendy Davis is calling on the governor to declare a state of emergency to address what she calls the "human crisis" on the border. In a statement Davis said in part "federal border agents and facilities are overwhelmed trying to address this humanitarian crisis instead of focusing on their first priority to secure our border from drug smugglers, human traffickers and terrorists."