Our thoughts should now be with the folks in Texas and the horror that they are facing. We should also note that while these untold numbers flee for their lives, abandoning their homes and facing an uncertain future some others see this as an opportunity to sneak in a few measures that might pass unnoticed in the turmoil.
During when most people are encouraged to flee, undocumented Texans are faced with a choice of getting detained and likely deported at manned checkpoints, or staying behind and possibly dying in the storm. Unlike in previous hurricanes on the coast, Border Patrol officials announced late Thursday they were not planning to close roadside immigration checkpoints north of the affected area as fleeing people made their way out of several coastal counties.
Hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants will be making a choice between possible death and possible deportation.
Also, just as the storm began brushing against the coast, President Trump suddenly turned his attention elsewhere, pardoned former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio and signed an order barring transgender people from joining the military.
There will be other things to focus on in the coming days and weeks as the horror and suffering for the residents of the Texas coast unfolds, but the consequences of these, and who knows, perhaps other decisions made under cover of Hurricane Harvey, will stay with us for some time to come.