Completion of a Southern border wall by President Trump may do more than keep people safe from criminals and illegal aliens, it will save lives — American and Mexican lives.
A recent human trafficking tragedy in San Antonio took the lives of 9 Mexicans and sent nearly 40 others to the hospital after roasting alive in a tractor trailer. Local police and U.S.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement estimate that there may have been more than 100 people stacked in the sweltering semi-trailer at one point, some of whom were elderly and children.
Many on the Left argue that a border wall wouldn’t have stopped this unnecessary loss of life. They would be wrong, dead wrong.
Human trafficking has become big business at the U.S.-Mexico border, and illegals are guided across open and unobstructed areas where traffickers know security and chance of detection is low. On the U.S. side, vehicles await to carry the human cargo north. San Antonio has become a hub along with many towns and cities near the border. The survivors of the recent incident where fortunate in contrast to the many who die crossing, or end up as human slaves. These are preventable tragedies.
Give Me the Wall, Or Give Me Death
Under Trump’s leadership, the number of gangs, rapists, murderers and child molesters that have fled Mexico into the United States has finally begun to be documented. The heinous MS-13 gang has been making headlines, even in the immigration-crime suppressing Left-leaning media. But what goes grossly underreported is the loss of life the open border has prompted.
The U.S. Border Patrol documents hundreds of border crossing deaths each year and peak years have seen upwards of 500 people losing their lives at the hands of “coyotes” that try to ferret them across for money. On the Southern side, Mexico’s Secretariat of Foreign Affairs also documented hundreds of deaths each year, topping out at 500.
Combined, more than 1,000 known deaths may occur in a single year while countless others find themselves covered up in unmarked and unknown graves.
This is not to say that Americans are any less at risk than the illegals trying to get into the country. The White House has pushed for awareness about criminals that have entered the country illegally, and ICE continues to make a concerted effort to hunt them down and deport these individuals.
The FBI reported that over 67,000 murders were committed in the United States from 2005 to 2008. Of those killings, illegal immigrants were responsible for more than 25,000 — more than one-third. Perhaps the most well-known was Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman gunned down by an illegal immigrant for no apparent reason. Her death took place in the so-called “Sanctuary City” of San Francisco and prompted the passing of “Kate’s Law” by Congress.
The coyotes and cartels that take money to get people across the border into the U.S. often have another payday waiting. They know that illegal immigrants are vulnerable to U.S. law enforcement arrest and deportation, and are easily put in a state of servitude. More than 70 percent of those trafficked are women, and many are forced into sex slavery and prostitution.
An estimated 20 million people are victims of human trafficking worldwide each year that generates $150 billion in soiled money. The U.S. experiences about 4,000 cases of sex trafficking each year. Fearing arrest and deportation, their oppressors threaten to call the police on them or their families if they do not comply with these demands. Others work under the thumb of cartels and gangs in a variety of ways. Most instances of sex slavery go unreported, and the actual number of victims exceeds 4,000 each year.
Beyond forced prostitution, human trafficking has been used as a method to stock manufacturing facilities and farms with slave labor. In 2009, Mexican police raided a plant and found more than 100 people working in slave-like conditions. Many had been beaten and abused and criminal organizations rings are able to transport these unfortunate souls throughout the country or into the U.S. at will.
The “open borders” policies advocated by Left-leaning politicians has a direct and discernable impact on the lives of the most vulnerable people. With no physical barrier, coyotes and cartels operate under dark of night at attempts to cross over. Some perish in the process. Some find themselves functionally enslaved and others get cooked alive in box cars.
Would a border wall save lives? Clearly it would.
~ Conservative Zone