There are indications today that the flood of illegal immigrants from Central America into Texas may have begun to taper off, Newsradio 1200 WOAI's Michael Board has learned.
At the Sacred Heart church in McAllen, where Catholic Charities is centering it's massive humanitarian relief effort, Ofelia De los Santos says at the height of the crisis, 200 undocumented Central American migrants were arriving each day.
She says over the weekend, the flood slowed to about 40 a day and has remained steady at that level.
"We don't know whether it is at the processing point or at the crossing point, but we are seeing fewer families coming in," De los Santos told Newsradio 1200 WOAI .
Several efforts are underway in Central America to convince the migrants not to make the long and dangerous journey to the U.S. Vivid TV ads depict migrants lying dead in Mexico, and warn that migrants are subject to rape, slave labor, brutality, and extortion at the hands of Mexican cartel smugglers. President Obama and other top U.S. officials have pleaded with families in Honduras not to send their children on the journey.
"We didn't see the same number of people," De los Santos said. "We were seeing more than 200 people coming in every day, and then over the Fourth of July weekend, it slowed.
The U.S. is also hoping that deported illegals will tell their relatives back in Central America that they paid a smuggler $8,000, a fortune in Honduras where the average daily wags is about $2, and lost it all and returned right back where they started. The Mexican drug cartels don’t' offer refunds.
But for De Los Santos and others who have their hands full with the immigrants, a slowing number of arrivals is good news.
"July 4th we had 94 individuals and the day after we had 86 individuals and the day after we had 46," she said. "That is considerably down."