The images are heartbreaking and at the same time fuel to get the blood boiling of many in this country where we have our own problems caring for the children born and raised here who are hungry and homeless. While we can let the pictures ignite our emotions and we can point the finger at any number of policy reasons for this mass of women and children crossing the US-Mexico border we do nothing at changing the root cause of this massive influx. No mainstream media organization and no politician will ever admit, much less print that it is the words that are spoken in Washington, DC by both Democrats and Republicans that has created this situation today.
I wanted to write this article as someone who has had hands on personal experience in the assisting of individuals crossing the border and who can speak on how these people come to the point of making the months long trip to the US southern border to begin with. I want people to understand that contrary to the claims these are children who are wanting to “escape gang violence” in their native countries, each one of these women and children who have been brought across the border between Mexico and the US paid a very hefty price in money to do so.
In 2006 the average cost to secure the crossing of one adult from El Salvador through Mexico and into the US was $10,000.00 US Dollars per adult. This fee did not include the provision for any food, water, lodging or any basic need one might have and it did not include a plane or bus ticket or passage in a private vehicle. The trip from the southern Mexico border to the US/Mexico border takes an average of 3 months to complete because most of it is by walking, jumping train cars etc… This price is based on a single adult, if it was a child being crossed the fee would as much as triple. These are not fees that one pays at the time they arrive in the US, this is money that families pay out upfront before the trip even begins.
In 2006 when Republican lawmakers were publicly arguing passing a law that would prevent anchor babies (babies born to illegal immigrants for the purpose of gaining citizenship) from automatically being given US Citizen status the very public debate served as some of the best free advertising for coyotes who make a very good living on crossing Mexicans across the US/Mexico border. The number of near term pregnant women who came across the US/Mexico border in Laredo Texas alone between the fall of 2006 and early summer 2007 increased ten fold in just those that this writer had knowledge of. Whether we as a nation and our elected officials want to admit it, what is said publicly in Washington, DC by any elected official regardless of the letter at the end of their name has a direct effect on the flow of individuals crossing the US border with Mexico.
In 2012 when Barack Obama himself by executive order ordered the halt of deportation proceedings against those in this country illegally between certain ages, created more jobs in Mexico with that single stroke of his pen than he or his administration as created here at home in his almost 6 years in office. Yes the problem is a direct result of what is said and done in Washington.
Barack Obama’s statement that “Mexico has agreed to more rigid enforcement along its southern border,” will do little to nothing to stop the wave of children crossing the US/Mexico border. Mexico has always had a more strict enforcement of its immigration laws than the US, but lets not forget that Mexico under former President Vincente Fox published and distributed printed guide books instructing Mexican citizens how to enter into the US illegally.
With the call for $3.7 billion to address the needs of these children and women sitting at our southern border some have had enough.
“… a Houston woman went on an epic rant when she learned that officials were looking at a closed school in her neighborhood as a potential detention facility. Bernadette Lancelin not only opposed the idea, but did so emphatically:
It’s not right. Now billions of dollars want to be borrowed from the White House to help feed and house them.
What about the kids here? In our neighborhood? In our country? Not just in this neighborhood but in our country.
All these kids? Really? Why can’t they go back?
I’m sorry that their parents are in poor living conditions or surroundings or whatever’s going on out there. I don’t care.
I care about what’s going on right here in my own back yard, my neighborhood.
Am I the only one in this community that’s out here that watches the news this morning. Oh, my god! I feel alone right now with this, and I’m very saddened by it.
Each year almost 10 times the amount of money Barack Obama is asking congress for is sent back to Mexico through Western Union, MoneyGram, bank transfers and more by illegal immigrants in this country. In 2012 migrants sent a staggering $120 Billion US Dollars home to their families around the world. How immigrants in America are sending $120 Billion to struggling families
The data showed that the biggest beneficiaries included India and China, which each received more than $60 billion, followed by the Philippines ($24 billion), Mexico ($24 billion) and Nigeria ($21 billion).
Currently the United States has a problem with immigrants from Mexico and Central America who have come here legally and who operate multiple businesses in certain regions, who to avoid minimum wage laws and workers comp, Social Security Taxes and Medicare etc, pay to have individuals brought into the US illegally and delivered to them where they are put to work six to seven days a week from opening to close where the business owner deducts $10,000 or more for what he/she claims was the fee for bringing them into the US. Sinclair News knows for certain one of these business owners to be Gregorio Leon who owns and operates multiple Mexican restaurants in the Southeast under the name San Jose’s. Currently the US Attorney for South Carolina is prosecuting a Lexington County Sheriff James Metts and former Lexington Councilman Danny Frazier for using their offices to circumvent immigration laws on behalf of Leon’s workers.
In the news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the federal government says the 68-year-old Metts “accepted bribes from friends in return for using his position, power, and influence as Sheriff to interfere with the proper identification and processing” of undocumented immigrants.
The 10-count federal indictment alleges Metts received cash from former Lexington County Councilman Danny Frazier and Gregorio Leon, the owner of several Mexican restaurants in the Columbia area, for circumventing a federal immigration program designed to aid the Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement program in detaining those who were in the country illegally.
Frazier had been hired by the sheriff’s department as a “business liaison”, a role that had never been a position in the department before. Federal investigators say that position allowed Frazier to serve as the middle man between Metts and Leon.
The indictments detail several instances between September 2011 and November 2011 where Leon would call Frazier and ask the councilman to talk to Metts about several undocumented immigrants who worked Leon that had been arrested by the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department. “When Metts was informed of an arrest and detention of an illegal alien working for Leon, Metts would contact his command staff and other employees to instruct that preferential treatment be provided to those specific illegal aliens,” said the indictment.
The object, the indictment said, was to prevent those undocumented immigrants from being put in a federal database.
The above example is just one of many that could be spotlighted. In addition the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division should be looking into their own agents actions in assisting Leon in circumventing immigration laws and receiving $1000’s of dollars in free food, goods from Mexico and the use of illegal immigrant labor free of charge.
The bottom line is simple, the current situation on the US Southern border is not a result of gang violence in their home countries, it is a direct result of the publicly stated positions of Barack Obama on immigration enforcement as well as republicans highly publicized 2006 push to pass a law denying anchor babies US citizenship. These sound bites are taken and translated and used a marketing campaigns for coyotes who are in this for the money, and a lot of money is paid. So while you think these kids come from poor destitute situations remember that the families of each one of this kids who came from Central America paid someone at least $15,000 US Dollars to bring that child to the US.
I have seen several of the Faith based groups that have been called upon to provide aid to the influx of unescorted children across the US border refer to these kids a “refugees.” With all due respect to these groups, “Refugee’s” don’t pay $15,000 US dollars to be walked across Mexico into the US.
In light of what this Houston Reporter encountered while trying to report on the Border in Texas you have to ask yourself if the official position from the White House and the Department of Homeland Security can be believed.
At the conclusion of the above video one reporter makes it clear that the actions of the US Customs and Border Enforcement “makes you wonder what they are hiding.”
$3.7 Billion dollars will do nothing to stop the flow of children and adults into the US across our southern border. While the US says we simply cannot process and deport these children I have to ask why should we? Why not take and deliver each of these children, women and men to the nearest Embassy or Consulate of their respective countries here in the US and watch how fast their own countries send them home? These Embassies and Consulates are seen as sovereign territory of the countries so return each individual to his/her respective Embassy and let them take care of them.
Until we acknowledge that this is a business and a very profitable one at that, and until we acknowledge what we say and do as to immigration matters and laws has a direct impact on how this business is able to market itself we will never get a handle on the influx of people across our southern border. It is important to also note that while you don’t often see many legal immigrants in front of news cameras protesting the busing of illegals into their neighborhoods, a large percentage of legal immigrants are also very concerned with the situation at the border.