Immigration: Chaos in The Valley

Chaos in The Valley

Bundled in gray garbage bags, 100 young men from Central America spend the night dozing against the brick wall of an Immigration and Naturalization Service center in Harlingen, Texas. On a muddy field in nearby Brownsville, 75 families endure a driving rainstorm crouched under plastic sheeting. At an abandoned hotel, children shiver around wood fires and try to sleep in cold, gutted rooms under mounds of donated blankets. By official estimate, at least 5,000 refugees from war and deteriorating economies in Nicaragua, El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala have been stranded in South Texas since the INS last month directed applicants for...

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