Move Over Economy, Border Seen as Top Issue
Hostility against the massive influx of illegal migrants on the U.S. southern border is growing. According to a new Gallup poll, Americans believe the immigration crisis is now America's top problem.
The survey shows 17 percent of Americans are more concerned about the border crisis than issues like the economy and healthcare. That's up 5 percent from June - its highest level in eight years.
The poll also shows that twice as many Republicans as Democrats say it's the biggest problem.
Meanwhile, Tea Party leaders met in Austin, Texas, to address the crisis, insisting that the state of Texas act on its own to halt the flood of undocumented children and others.
"They're seeking amnesty. That is not a refugee; that is a criminal and I don't care how old you are," Katrina Pierson, with the Garland Tea Party, said.
Ray Myers, with the Copeland County Tea Party, echoed Pierson's sentiments.
"These people are coming on American trains to our country, and they're not coming here to pick peaches," he charged. "They're coming here to get on the welfare system. Just tell it like it is. That's why they're coming."
In North Carolina, it appears that some illegals may already be collecting U.S. government benefits.
A woman in Concord took cellphone video at a Walmart parking lot that she said shows illegal migrants getting off a school bus to shop for essentials with government provided food stamp cards.
She claims one man speaking in broken English told her they had just arrived in America and were staying in China Grove. CBN News could not verify her claims.
While some Americans are voicing outrage about the border crisis, others are reaching out to help the illegal migrants.
Volunteers packed care packages at a community center in Dallas County, Texas. The packages will be delivered to about 2,000 migrant children once they are brought to local shelters.
"Once we knew they were going to be here, you know away from home, and by themselves, we decided to come in," volunteer Susan Berlanga said.
Some volunteers from nearby churches wanted to show the love of Christ.
"They're going to need things when they come here. They're going to need assistance. We've got toiletries, blankets, clothes, toys, books..." Connie Willis, of Concord Missionary Baptist Church, said.
Some of the care packages included notes written in Spanish saying, "We are glad you're here."