In her post about the World Health Organization declaring Ebola outbreaks the “new normal,” Leslie noted that 350 people from the Congo turned up at our southern border.
It appears this was not an anomaly and that a record number of African nationals from a range of countries are arriving in America via Mexico.
Last week alone, hundreds arrived in San Antonio, Texas.
. . . . City leaders said they weren’t given a heads up and quickly scrambled to accommodate them and quickly recruit several French-speaking volunteers who could serve as translators.
“The City of San Antonio has received more than 200 individuals, mostly families and children. The families were released by the United States Customs and Border Patrol into the country with paperwork directing them to Portland, Maine,” said Interim Assistant City Manager Dr. Colleen Bridger.
The majority of them stayed at Travis Park Church, which regularly hosts asylum seekers.
“I’m not necessarily surprised…we react to changes on the border every day, we just had to figure out that process it didn’t really shake us up too much,” said Gavin Rogers, associate pastor.
It’s not just Congolese migrants arriving in alarming numbers. Border Patrol agents reported arresting more than 500 people from Africa since May 30. The group included nationals from Angola, Cameroon, the Republic of the Congo,and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The influx is creating problems for border agents who often do not speak their language and are faced with individuals with no ties in the U.S. Additionally, there reportedly is no cause for concern about Ebola (my foot .ed).