The shelter's manager, Francisco Loureiro, said he has not seen such a rush of migrants since 1986, when the United States allowed 2.6 million illegal residents to get American citizenship. This time, the draw is a bill before the U.S. Senate that could legalize some of the 11 million people now illegally in the United States while tightening border security. Migrants are hurrying to cross over in time to qualify for a possible guest-worker program -- and before the journey becomes even harder.
I am torn between sympathy for people who are just searching for a better life and the knowledge that our country really cannot handle this influx at this time. It does show how high the political stakes are, though. The party that is perceived to be "on their side" has the potential to pick up millions of votes.