The first of the migrants came to San Diego County, Imperial County and Riverside County last week are scheduled for their immigration hearings next week. It’s about a two week process. Once they seek temporary shelter, they are on their own recognizance: if they do not report to those federal hearings, they will be deemed illegal immigrants. If they do, then they have a chance for amnesty at least. This is putting a tremendous strain on the federal government, and nowhere is it felt even more strenuously than at the Border Patrol. Authorities are saying the already thin ranks are practically decimated. Border Patrol agents and other support staff have been called upon to process tens of thousands of migrants – hundreds now in San Diego and another 140 on their way in another 72 hours.
Posted: Jul 08, 2014 10:28 AM MST Updated: Jul 08, 2014 10:28 AM MST
By Jon Du Pre