San Antonio's WOAI radio is reporting a surge in illegal border crossings along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, and Border Patrol agents say the detained border crossers are asking for amnesty. Border Patrol agents say the number of illegal border corssers being found dead in the Texas brush country is also up and on path to beat last year's record mark.
"The Border Patrol agent was loading one man up, and he told the officer in Spanish, 'Obama's gonna let me go'," Texas ranch owner Linda Vickers told WOAI.
Other Border Patrol agents told the radio station that illegal border crossers have been immediately turning themselves in asking, "Where do I go for my amnesty?"
Brooks County Texas, which is south of Corpus Christi near the Rio Grande River has historically had the highest number of illegal alien deaths each year. There's a major road the runs north from the border that is typically used by smugglers, and they tend to leave behind illegal aliens who can't keep up with their frantic pace. Brooks County residents say it's near impossible for anyone to survive in the area without water.
The Senate Gang of Eight's amnesty proposal would offer instant legal status and work permits to the nation's 11 million illegal aliens. New reports say illegal aliens must prove they've been in the United States for two years before they can qualify for the amnesty, but there hasn't been any indication of how they'll be required to prove their residency. Reports of the Obama Administration's Deferred Action for Chilhood Arrivals (DACA) program have indicated loose examination of proof of the residency requirements.
For more information, see WOAI radio's website.