Apr 15, 2013 1:56 PM by Janine Reyes
DUVAL COUNTY - Of the 11 million people believed to be living in the United States illegally, many make their way here by crossing Mexico's border with Texas. Just last week, a hunter's game camera in Duval County caught 19 illegal immigrants crossing their land in Concepcion.
The camera is intended to give hunters a chance to see what kind of deer or hogs are on the property, but they're seeing more people lately. Authorities never spotted the group seen Thursday morning carrying jackets and backpacks. The owners said they had a similar group come through a few weeks back.
Tomorrow, eight U.S. Senators from both parties are expected to unveil a comprehensive immigration bill they claim will provide a path towards citizenship for 11 million immigrants who came here illegally or overstayed their visit.
"We're not awarding anybody anything. All we're doing is giving people the opportunity to eventually earn access to our new, improved and modernized legal immigration system," said Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida.
"Every single immigrant group that came to this country, whether they were brought here or they came here of their own volition, have been granted citizenship. And so now is the time, now is the time that we grant the citizenship to all of our other 11 million people who are ready to take that step to citizenship," says Dolores Huerta, co-founder of the United Farm Workers of America.
We've reported on increasing numbers if immigrants involved in chases with authorities in the Coastal Bend within the past month.
A little over a week ago, authorities in Corpus Christi detained 12 people who bailed out of a vehicle near the Crosstown Expressway and Saratoga Boulevard.
Just three days prior, police in Portland, Gregory and San Patricio County worked together to track down 22 illegal immigrants who bailed out of two trucks after running from a Portland police officer. That chase ended in the heart of Gregory and caused the lockdown of a school. Emergency crews had to take some of them to the hospital because the tailgate of a truck opened up and at least two people fell out.
Then there's that fatal crash at the main gate of NAS Kingsville last month. A Mexican national who was deported at least once was allegedly driving a pickup loaded with 15 people from Central America when he ran from police and slammed into the security barrier for the facility. Seven people died as a result of the crash. The driver is facing federal charges. Border Patrol agents who witnessed the crash said the driver had a beer in his lap as he was pinned in the driver's seat.