[Originally posted 17 May 2008]
urricane evacuations will be delayed in the future for Federal authorities to make sure that all evacuees have their papers in order, border agents announced in McAllen, Texas. Immigration officials will be stationed at evacuation hubs in the Rio Grande Valley to prevent people without appropriate documentation from boarding buses.
A spokeswoman for the governor pointed out, “If there is any significant delay in having people move from harm’s way, then that could run the risk of endangering lives.” The governor wants the border patrol to put public safety first during an emergency.
A representative for the border patrol shrugged off such concerns. “Our local policy is checkpoints will not close, we will check for immigration status,” he said. “We have to do our jobs.” [Source]