MCALLEN, Texas (CBSNewYork/AP) — There has been a surge of immigrants illegally crossing into the United States leading up to next month’s presidential election.

CBS News reports dozens of immigrants have been streaming through the streets of McAllen, Texas, on a daily basis. They have been taken to a migrant center at Sacred Heart Catholic Church where they were released by Border Patrol, with ankle monitors, while they file for asylum.


Agent Chris Cabrera told CBS News that they’ve been seeing a spike in immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, thanks in part to the election.

“The smugglers are telling them if Hillary [Clinton] gets elected, that there’ll be some sort of amnesty, that they need to get here by a certain date,” Cabrera said. “They’re also being told that if [Donald] Trump gets elected, there’s going to be some magical wall that pops up overnight and once that wall gets up, nobody will ever get in again.”

Cabrera added that they’ve encountered up to 1,000 immigrants along McAllen’s stretch of the border some days.

“We’re getting mass spikes of people crossing and turning themselves in,” he said.

Experts told CBS News the number of immigrants crossing the border won’t drop after Election Day.

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has repeatedly said as president the U.S. will build a wall along the Mexico border to keep out immigrants trying to enter the country illegally.

Earlier this month, Trump claimed the U.S. government is speeding up the citizenship process for immigrants on the waiting list so they can vote.

“They’re letting people pour into the country so they can go and vote,” Trump said during a meeting with the National Border Patrol Council.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has promised to propose immigration legislation in her first 100 days as president that would include a route to citizenship. Her approach is largely in line with that approved by Democrats and Republicans in the Senate in 2013 but turned aside by the House.

Trump has clarified that he opposes any pathway to legal status for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. They would have to return to their home countries and apply for legal entry should they wish to come back. He has not said what would happen to those who choose to stay, but said they are subject to deportation. Trump has also called for an end to “birthright citizenship,” currently granted to anyone born in the U.S.

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Comments (129)
  1. tom hope says:

    KEEP the Garbage out

  2. Old-wise One says:

    Anyone else notice the size of those “distressed and impoverished immigrants? They all were overweight which means they sit at home and do nothing but eat. Welcome to Merica. Sign up for food stamps,Obama-phone, section 8 housing, healthcare, drivers license, school, college tuition, federal grants, student loans and always remember hit #2 for Spanish

    1. Methuselah says:

      good observation

  3. sam snead says:

    If these people are so poor why are they so fat? Seems that lack of food is not part of being in poverty

    1. That is a good point. I wonder the same thing.

  4. Flannigan McGaffigan says:

    If they’ve come for work, let’s give it to them. Put them in chain gangs clearing wild brush to save homes before the next fire season and keep ALL of them on organ donor lists to help Americans find much needed organs.
    If no like, they can go back home to do nothing again or…FIX THEIR OWN COUNTRY.

  5. NC says:

    Have you noticed how the translator/interviewer adds sentences to the Honduran woman’s confession that she came her in search of a job?

  6. Christen in AZ says:

    It’s unclear whether the article intended to state that the number of illegals crossing the border won’t (or will ?) slow down after the November election.

  7. Bobb says:

    As long as there are people in central and south America, and now the Middle east, there will be violence and poverty. The criminal gov’ts are sending their problems to the US and the US is too stupid to see that they are being played. But with Obama and the left’s goal to change the demographics of this nation to create a permanent welfare/dependent class of non-citizen (yes, non-citizen) leftist voters, it will never stop. It’s time to set up the .50 Cals like other nations do to protect their borders.

  8. TRW says:

    They have to get in early so they can vote Democrat.

  9. John Campbell says:

    Why is it that if something goes wrong here we are expected to stand and fight, but if anything goes wrong anywhere else in the world we are expected to take in the entire world? Why is it that we see a video here of an alleged parent all the while the story says something about over 50 THOUSAND UNaccompanied children?

    Before this we were fed the story that children coming up unaccompanied were fleeing the violence and delivered to their parents here in the U.S., but when it’s asked, just what kind of parents come here fleeing violence and left their children behind in it to begin with, the story gets changed.

    Add to it the countless stories of these people being coached in what to say to U.S. authorities. Every one of them knows the magic word, “Asylum”, and how to say it in English.

    Taxpayer dollars are NOT the horn of plenty. Coming here fleeing poverty doesn’t get it. The affects are now seen everywhere and when you can’t put food on your own family’s table or keep a roof over your own family’s head it just doesn’t matter how charitable someone else feels about your money.

    The reality is this is the results of the work of globalist traitors pushing their “Open Borders” destruction of national sovereignty in favor of global governance dictatorship and they are specifically targeting the natural heart strings of the citizenry of the U.S. as an exploitation tool.

    TRUMP 2016

    1. Kevin Jones says:

      we need to over throw the government and break the media.

  10. Jeffrey Gee says:

    Invaders… for the Cloward and Piven strategy!

  11. Don Steele says:

    That’s what GUNSHIPS are for……..

    1. 12thGenerationAMERICAN says:

      Do like Israel does: Spray them with skunk spray!

  12. The alarms sounded from the DNC. we need your votes, get here quickly.

  13. Alex Eucare says:


    Cause Dinghy Harry Reid Said…..THE BORDER IS SECURE ! ! !

  14. Lost In Space says:

    Why even have debates, ideas or elections. You can always pack’em in. Hey look, selective law enforcement.

  15. They’re flooding in to vote and rob citizens of their legit votes. This is exactly why the left opposes voter ID.

  16. Steven Louis Thury says:

    They do not have a right to come here illegally. If they have problems in their Country, they need to fix them there, not bring them here.

  17. If Hillary wins this is our future………..STOP IT!!! VOTE TRUMP!!!

  18. All these unaccompanied minors are coming to sponsors in the US being supported by US government through social security benefits and food stamps there is no financial solvency. The sponsors are illegally in the US not working or doing a job and not paying taxes sponsors and refugee minors become public charge supported by me and you American Taxpayer!

  19. Lulua Mahalo says:

    Hillary’s crime machine will seek them out and provide voter registrations and California will give driver’s licenses to the ones she missed.

    Meanwhile, traitor Obama, is laughing and happy.


  20. Tj Hessmon says:

    Because the African Americans are not generally allied with the Hillary Clinton Campaign and because independents are leaning toward Donald Trump, the DNC needs the ability to fill voter ranks with these warm bodies crossing the southern border of America. Texas without illegal immigrants voting, would be secured by Donald Trump. The same is true for Florida, New Mexico, Arizona, Arkansas, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, California, Georgia, Kansas, Oklahoma, and North Carolina

    The DNC and Obama administration are responsible for diluting the voting rights of American citizens by allowing illegal aliens to vote in the elections, both primary and general. Its part of the Democratic Parties strategy which was witnessed from their video “we gotta win this Mother fu@@er” and “We’ve been bussing people in to deal with you Fu@@in A@@holes for fifty years and we’re not going to stop now”…. stated by Scott Foval instigator and on the ground operations director for the DNC.

    I look for these illegals to be directed to key voting areas as stated above and brought to the voting booths by the DNC ground game which Scott Foval described… Without them, HRC cannot win the 2016 presidential election …

  21. 13 Bravo says:

    Fundamentally Transforming America…..The Kenyan Way

    1. After all, Obama did warn us… he just lied about the actual changes

  22. Neal Jewell says:

    He acts like this is not his fault. This hack is why Trump should be president.

  23. Hillary’s plan is to get rid of all borders, which is in line with what the CFR and UN are trying to do as well. This step is necessary for the one world government the elite have been aspiring to for the past 50 years. A vote for Hillary is a vote for the establishment and a vote to hand over our sovereignty to people on the other side of the world, who don’t agree with our principles, beliefs or values.

  24. Pod says:

    Well, Hillary is on record that she wants an open border between the US, Mexico, and Central and South America. That’s 700 million potential new voters for the US Socialist party, d.b.a. “Democrat”.

  25. Duke says:

    We can’t afford this. We do not have the physical resources or the fiscal resources.

    1. TroyGale says:

      Sure we do Duke, just need ten of thousands of Vets to die waiting for treatment, just need a few hundred thousand old Americans to give up their Social Security. /sarc off
      See, I could be a Democrat Presidential Candidate too!

  26. Jim says:

    These law breaking illegal aliens want work?  Stop in Mexico and get a job at one of the auto plants, or Nabisco, etc., that have sprung up there taking jobs from American workers.   Vote TRUMP!

  27. Coffee Drinker says:

    Hmm. Asylum is not being revoked. Just unlawful entry. Let’s get that clear. Thanks media. YOU are stellar at spreading misinformation. The fact is it is easier to enter and get handed stuff than to do it properly. Americans are not mad about aiding victims, we are mad about unfettered access to programs that drain us.

  28. Orchestrated by the DNC so they can vote for Hillary

  29. Oh Sure says:

    IT IS A TROOP DEPLOYMENT…They are enemy combatants.

  30. dencal26 says:

    Obama and Hillary belong in prison for this treason

  31. drake says:

    Americans, YOU, are paying to build a 25 foot tall WALL all around Israel ……. but if You ask for a wall to protect your Families from ILLEGALS and TERRORISTS you are told you are a RACIST BIGOT.

    1. Nathan says:

      We should not be building a wall for Israel or any other country. However, in the case of Mexico, America has been complete shafted in trade for 20+ years and we’ve taken in tens of millions of immigrants.

    2. L. Perez says:

      You are wrong, the wall (really mostly a fence) has been in place in Israel many years ago, we
      haven’t paid for it, we do send money to Israel just like we send money to Egypt, Jordan, and
      other Arab and non-Arab countries; but you single out Israel, hate Israel (and Jews) much?

  32. taxpayer says:

    US media is unAmerican trash.
    Texas needs those American citizens again to protect border. What were they called? God bless them, and God help us repel the invading hordes.

  33. TroyGale says:

    The fact that this is happening, yet again, should be a warning to the Citizens of this country of how to vote on Election Day. Over 1 million Americans have died to preserve our Nation, one Candidate doesn’t care and will give it away. The other Candidate realizes that if you don’t have borders, you don’t have a country. I know how I will vote; I’ll vote for America with a border.

  34. Jody says:

    The Barbarian Hoards overran Europe back in the Middle Ages. History Repeats itself.

  35. Lost In Space says:

    Quick, lets pack’em in. We need some more rigging.

  36. Overtaxed says:

    Our military needs to ignore DC and take matters into their own hands and repel this invasion.

  37. Rex Reed says:

    Hurry Dems, cheat faster.

  38. says:

    Did anyone catch on this video at the 47-50 seconds frame where the announcer is translating the mother’s words.
    She only mentioned that she wants a better life for her kids because in Honduras there are no jobs then the reporter ADDS in “English” as if she said her life was threaten because of violence.
    WOW! Media at it’s best…. Please share!!

  39. Phrank says:

    Liberals defend this. They are so far beyond mentally retarded they are a clear and present danger to what’s left of this country.

    1. Defend? They’re ACTIVELY ABETTING it

  40. Mike Little says:

    “Cabrera added that they’ve encountered up to 1,000 immigrants along McAllen’s stretch of the border some days.” NO they are NOT immigrants they are invaders.

  41. Meaux says:

    The infection continues….

  42. Bill says:

    Here is a thought. Enforce the law. Oh sorry, I forgot. This is the Obama Presidency. Never mind.

  43. Dave says:

    When will this madness stop? We MUST start enforcing the laws that our elected officials made!

    1. ImaHippyBurning says:

      Did you vote for HUSSEIN? If so you should have made a better decision! Either way vote TRUMP to keep America from becoming Third World Toilet!

  44. robert johnson says:

    Democratic voter registration drive

  45. Common_Sense96 says:

    Illegal freeloaders….Trump 2016!

  46. Tang says:

    Machine guns, mine fields and barbed wire should do the trick.

  47. Prelusive007 says:

    Shoot them.

    It’s an invasion, pure and simple.

  48. Mat says:

    You mean until the US is as lawless and poor as the socialist governments of the south, the surge will continue…

  49. MCLMRTN says:

    Here’s an idea. Let’s stop them?

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