By Joe Gomez, CBS DFW
SOUTH TEXAS (KRLD) – More than 52,000 children have entered the country illegal in recent months, many of them coming into the U.S. through South Texas. Former Zapata County Sheriff Gonzales, who now works as a consult with law enforcement agencies along the Texas border, says space is running out to house the children and adults that are coming across.
In San Antonio, federal officials say a child in a temporary shelter is still recovering from swine flu.
“That tells you that when you’ve got kids coming in from some of these countries where they don’t have great health systems, we gotta watch out,” says Cuellar. “I’ve talked to border patrol down in McAllen. They’ve seen TB; they’ve seen chicken pox; they’ve seen scabies. And according to Border Patrol, 4 or 5 of their agents have tested positive for those diseases.”
Few Young Illegal Immigrants Tested For HIV
McALLEN - Children entering the country illegally are being tested for things like scabies and lice. Most, however, are not being tested for HIV.
The Valley AIDS Council is only testing children that may remain in the United States long-term.
"What's important for folks to realize is that those youths are going to be here long-term," said Oscar Lopez, director of education and prevention at VIC.