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North Texas lawmaker concerned about illegal immigration surge

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A surge of illegal immigrants across the Rio Grande into Texas has become what some lawmakers are calling a humanitarian crisis.

Many of the immigrants are women and children from Central America. Thousands of the children crossing the Texas borders do not have their parents with them while crossing into the state.

State lawmakers wonder how the children are getting to Texas and who's sending them. It appears the children wait to be caught after crossing the border.

The Border Patrol reports a high number of crossings near Mission, outside McAllen. Because they are largely from Central America they are not deported and federal authorities give them a court date.

The Border Patrol stations are crowded with so many children that thousands are being sent to military bases in Texas and Oklahoma and other parts of the country to be housed and cared for.

Some lawmakers want Governor Perry to hold a special session on immigration.

"We are limited in what we can do this is the federal government's job but they're not doing it,” said State Rep. Jonathan Strickland.

Strickland says while the state has no power to deport the illegal immigrants coming over in this surge, lawmakers can find ways to make coming to Texas less attractive.

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