McALLEN (June 26, 2014) Honduran first lady Ana Garcia de Hernandez was in Texas Thursday to tour immigration facilities and shelters in the wake of a surge in the number of young immigrant children from Central and South America entering the U.S. illegally.
Garcia de Hernandez met Thursday morning with McAllen Mayor Jim Darling and was scheduled to visit several Border Patrol stations in the Rio Grande Valley.
She's planning to remain in the area through Saturday.
The Border Patrol has been overwhelmed in the region by the number of immigrants entering the country illegally.
About three-quarters of them are from Central America, and the most are coming from Honduras.
More than 15,000 unaccompanied children from Honduras have been apprehended since October.
Many of the immigrants say they are fleeing widespread gang violence and lack of job opportunities.