We Are Overwhelmed

With illegal immigration rising, Congress belatedly tries to act

By twilight, about 300 illegal immigrants had massed on "the soccer field," a patch of rock-strewn brown earth halfway up Otay Mesa and just across the U.S. border from a rundown section of Tijuana, Mexico. Some bought tacos from a vendor who wheeled a white cart through the crowd; others burned old tires to cook makeshift meals before pushing off into the rattlesnake-infested canyons leading toward San Ysidro, Calif., and points north. Two dozen agents of the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), deployed in...

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