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Undocumented Immigrants to be Evacuated Before U.S. Citizens in Emergency, Says Official

| by Michael Allen

There are over 1.3 million people who live in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, plus thousands of undocumented immigrants.

This situation is concerning emergency management officials who recently met in McAllen, Tx., to discuss what would happen if there were a severe hurricane. Many undocumented immigrants are living shelters that were originally constructed for U.S. citizens during disasters.

"You have extra sheltering areas and detention centers right here," stated Barry Goldsmith, Brownsville National Weather Service Coordinator, noted KRGV. "And are they able to withstand the wind, are they able to withstand flood waters nearby to get humanitarian relief?"

"Before the public gets their mandatory evacuation, the plan is to get all these unaccompanied women and children out of the Valley and to safer ground," said Goldsmith.

However, it was not revealed where undocumented immigrants would be moved to because of recent threats to their safety by anti-immigrant protesters.

According to a new poll by Economist/YouGov.com, 77 percent of Americans want the undocumented immigrants, mostly children, sent back to their home countries, noted WashingtonExaminer.com.

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Sources: KRGV, WashingtonExaminer.com, San Antonio Express-News (Image Credit: Manfred Werner)