Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Río humano

Try reading this without setting your blood to boil:

In May 5,366 illegal immigrants were detained in the Rio Grande Valley Sector. Last month, that number skyrocketed to 30,380, according to a law enforcement document obtained by

This was already a crisis already in May, as a thousand children were being held in unsanitary, crowded barracks at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio. In June the human flow multiplied six-fold. The government’s response to the surge is to disperse the illegal immigrants around the American interior, like arranging deck chairs on a sinking ship.

Their countries of origin have problems, but the biggest problem illegal immigrants bring with them is in the coming here itself, which impoverishes them and lays their lives on the mercy of the state. What fate awaits them? They cannot stay. The number of people is staggering. They’re overwhelming the system. We cannot absorb this level of mass dislocation.

The government’s unwillingness to deport wouldn’t be half as bad if it wasn’t also unwilling to stop them from crossing the border.

With the facility crammed beyond its capacity, the undocumented immigrants are being bused and flown to several other processing facilities along the 2,000-mile border, in El Paso and in California, where angry residents of Murrieta, a small city just north of San Diego, have turned away hundreds of illegal immigrants brought by the federal government for processing.

The veteran Border Patrol agents know that with their attention diverted to women and children, the border at times in locations such as along the Rincon Peninsula appeared virtually unprotected from dangerous drug and weapons traffickers with motives far less innocent than finding a better life. During the first 90 minutes spent with Gohmert, no Border Patrol agent, Texas Department of Public Safety officer or any other member of law enforcement was visible.


When a Border Patrol official finally approached our group, he told Gohmert there were only three Border Patrol agents assigned to this large swath of border. They know it is a busy route, but they were so busy with processing the steady flow of children and families that the area appeared largely unpatrolled.

A recent law enforcement bulletin put the crisis in the Rio Grande Valley sector in the flat language of bureaucrats.

“Total apprehensions in the RGV Sector are at historically elevated levels, and include greater numbers of other-than-Mexicans and unaccompanied alien children than any other sector along the U.S. –Mexico border,” read the bulletin obtained by “Total apprehensions are now highest in the RGV Sector, which represents a noteworthy change from previous years.”

On the ground, border agents explain the situation in more conversational terms.

“There’s been a dramatic, serious uptick beginning in January,” one border source told "We've never seen this before — unaccompanied alien children and big groups of families.”

How do you stop a mass of people? You have to push them back. Border enforcement means using at least the threat of force. No one is going to turn around if they know they absolutely will not be forced to turn around.

Governor Perry has asked the president for a thousand National Guardsmen as a show of force on the border. We need ten times that number, as well as rules of engagement that deter illegal immigrants from reaching American soil.

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