Former Mexican First Lady visits immigrant facilities
POSTED: Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - 5:13pm
UPDATED: Thursday, July 17, 2014 - 3:36pm
WESLACO, TX (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The former First Lady of Mexico was in the Valley.
Margarita Zavala was here to visit some of the Border Patrol facilities where migrant women and children are staying in cramped conditions. Our current immigration influx began making headlines earlier this year. That was when stories of overcrowded facilities forced Border Patrol to send the migrants to different parts of the country.
Zavala joins the First Ladies of Guatemala and Honduras to take tours in the Valley.
"This is a problem that has to be taken care of by region, because this is not just a one country problem," Zavala said in Spanish after touring the Weslaco facility. "Not U.S., the country of destination, nor Mexico, the destination of transit and origin, nor the countries that have been heavily involved these past few months, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. This is an issue that has to be taken care of by region."
Since the immigration influx started, there has been no shortage of foreign dignitaries coming to the Valley to visit Border Patrol stations. The Border Patrol welcomes this. They hope to inspire policy changes when people see the conditions inside for themselves.
"Hopefully it's not a visit for political purposes, hopefully there's some actions that come on the backend of that, and people start to realize that these people are in subhuman conditions and it needs to be corrected," said Chris Cabrera of the local union representing Border Patrol agents. "They're opening up new detention centers in the Valley and around the nation, but unless they do something to stem the flow of people coming in, it's going to continue to get worse."