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‘They Keep Coming’: The ‘Rehearsed’ Answers Illegal Immigrants Are Using at the Border to Gain Entry Into the U.S.
 

 Jun. 16, 2014 8:01am   Sara Carter   



McALLEN, Texas — A Honduran woman clutched her small baby boy from the back of a Border Patrol transport truck. She was sitting with 12 other people, mostly children, who had just made their way from Reynosa, Mexico, across the Rio Grande by the Anzalduas port of entry in Texas.

The mother, who had crossed first with one baby, had left her infant and older son along the banks of the river in Mexico. Her two children followed in a second raft and joined their mother after the Border Patrol took her into custody.

“We’re fleeing gang violence,” the mother told the Border Patrol agent, who detailed the conversation to TheBlaze on the condition that he not be named. The group did not run, but voluntarily turned themselves in to U.S. federal custody and claimed what is known as credible fear to apply for asylum in the U.S.

They all knew it was only a matter of time before they would be set free.

Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, the Rio Grande Valley's National Border Patrol Council's union representative, walking along the Rio Grande River where thousands of undocumented children, mainly from Central America, have crossed to enter the United States. Photo Sara A. Carter, TheBlaze
Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council’s Local 3077 in the Rio Grande Valley sector, walks along the Rio Grande near McAllen, Texas, where thousands of undocumented children, mainly from Central America, have made the dangerous crossing over the past eight months to enter the United States. (Photo: Sara A. Carter/TheBlaze)

Border Patrol agents along the southwest border have been directed not to speak with journalists after the public became aware that more than 47,000 undocumented children have illegally entered into the country over the past eight months. Most of the undocumented children crossed through the Rio Grande Valley sector and many times, they traveled alone.



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Several of the children in the Honduran woman’s group were under the age of 10 and had traveled alone looking for their parents who were in the country illegally and seeking asylum. Like most children who come, they made the dangerous trek believing that they would not be deported once they arrive. Some traveled clinging to the top of the train known as “The Beast” from Central America, or piled in overcrowded buses until they reached the border towns of Mexico.

Many of the children’ parents have paid thousands of dollars to “polleros” — meaning “chicken herders” — to smuggle their children through the Rio Grande crossing. Some of that money is then paid to the drug cartels, mainly the Gulf Cartel, which controls the territory on the Mexican side of the river.

In this particular instance, all the children and women were secured in the back of the transport truck. Once the hatch was closed, their frightened faces disappeared behind the darkened windows.


Rehearsed and Deliberate

The agents were roughly 20 minutes from the McAllen Border Patrol station where the 13 new illegal immigrants would be processed with more than 1,000 other people being held in the small facility.

A young undocumented migrant boy from Honduras at a Texas holding facility. The boy, who wears an Obama 2008 election T-shirt, is one of the thousands of children who have from Central America over the past eight months believing that they will not be deported. Most of the children, who are looking for their parents or traveled as a family unit, are being sent to other long-term facilities in the United States until relatives can be located. This photo was provided by a Border Patrol agent whose name was withheld to protect their identity.
A young undocumented migrant boy from Honduras at a Texas holding facility. The boy, who wears an Obama 2008 election T-shirt, is one of the thousands of children who have from Central America over the past eight months believing that they will not be deported. Most of the children, who are looking for their parents or traveled as a family unit, are being sent to other long-term facilities in the United States until relatives can be located. This photo was provided by a Border Patrol agent whose name was withheld to protect their identity.

The group, like the thousands of illegal crossers before them, would be held until they were bused or flown out to other facilities across the country for long-term care.

“They have heard that anybody who crosses into the United States can stay,” said a Border Patrol agent who works in the sector and is not authorized to speak on the matter. “So they keep coming.”

And the notion that everyone can stay in the United States once they cross the border seems to be a recurring theme among illegal immigrants coming from Central America – mainly Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. They all know that their family and friends before them received an “order to appear in court” document that allows them safe passage throughout the country.

The illegal immigrants rarely report to court within the 90 days ordered, and most disappear into the fabric of immigrant communities throughout the country without fear of deportation.

In fact, the children and adults respond with very deliberate and rehearsed answers when questioned by Border Patrol.

They immediately claim credible fear from gang violence or say, “I was scared I would be killed,” one of the Border Patrol agents working along the border told TheBlaze.

“It’s something they’re all saying and it’s obvious that it is well-rehearsed and it is a consistent story,” said Albert Spratte, a Border Patrol agent and union representative with the National Border Patrol Council’s Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley sector. “We can’t even get them to answer their name before they tell us the gangs were the reason they fled their country.”

Spratte and Border Patrol Agent Chris Cabrera, the main union representative in the sector, spent the day with TheBlaze along the Rio Grande.

Cabrera said that on “at least one occasion we had a confirmed MS-13 that was released to his family,” referring to the ultraviolent transnational Mara Salvatrucha gang. Because the 17-year-old had no criminal history in the United States, he was allowed to stay.

“Once they get north of the checkpoint and into the interior of the United States, they’ve basically disappeared and there is no accountability for them. [U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement] isn’t going to deport them and these people know it,” Spratte said. “It’s worth it for them to come now just in case something later changes with regard to deportation.”

Forty Yards to Freedom

A toddler’s “Little Mermaid” life vest lay on the rocky dirt along the riverbank. Old torn shoes, ripped-up vests and empty water bottles were scattered among the tall dry brush where drug runners, as well as immigrants, hide from law enforcement.

The river is dangerous and deceiving. Many illegal immigrants, including children, continue to underestimate the current and drown, Spratte said as he pointed to the other side of the river.



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“People die in this river all the time,” Spratte said.

Sometimes, the dead come to rest on the U.S. side of the river.


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OK, all you "immigration reform" folks, step up to the plate.

How many pages of "immigration reform laws" will it take to stop this?
  Will it take a bill 20 pages long?
  A bill 100 pages long?
  A bill 1,000 pages long?

What difference will ANY kind of immigration "reform" make, when the federal government has effectively erased the southern border, and is has encouraged as many children (and adults) who can get over the border to "come on in" ??

It ought to be apparent that trying to "reform" immigration is pointless, particularly when the people "in charge" of the border no longer seem to care whether others cross it or not. Regardless of what "reform" Congress might pass, the left has no intention of enforcing any meaningful control at the southern border again.

There is only one kind of immigration reform that can now be effective between Mexico and the USA.
That's a concrete "border barrier" about 30 feet high, from the Gulf to the Pacific. With sufficient air, land and sea patrols to prevent anyone from getting through.

Don't say it "can't be done". The East Germans did an effective job with the Berlin Wall while it stood. I was there, looked over it at the Stasi rolling by in their vehicles, crossed through The Wall myself. It worked. Not many got across it.

Build a real border first.
Make it work.
Make the rest of the hemisphere south of us understand that it is going to remain standing.
Then, and ONLY then, perhaps we can talk about "reform".

Reminds me of an old song by The Kingston Trio:
  My heaven is so high, you can't get over it
  So low, you can't get under it
  So wide, you can't get around it
  You must come in at the door.

Until we establish that "door" that we can control at the southern border, we face an inundation which will doom us...
« Last Edit: June 17, 2014, 10:23:43 PM by Fishrrman »


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