The alarming number of illegals attempting to cross the Mexico/U.S. border in February paints a grim picture of America’s vulnerability. In 28 days, more than 76,000 people were caught breaching the boundary between nations. That pace, if sustained, could reach the million mark by year’s end.
One million illegals, and some will arrive with severe health issues, including pregnancy complications, respiratory issues, chicken pox, lice, and scabies.
Of the 76,103 people arrested, 7,249 were unaccompanied children and 40,385 were family units, totaling 60% of the people detained. That leaves a whopping 40% of random, unclassified people, mostly young single men.
But those are just the ones who were apprehended. The number who slipped through the cracks — infiltrating our communities, schools, and houses of worship to be protected by pandering leftist politicians — is incalculable.
Make no mistake, there is a border crisis. U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan recently warned that the immigration system is “well beyond capacity and remains at the breaking point.”
Citizens Take a Stand
In a petulant display of political one-upmanship, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, demanded National Guard troops leave her state, claiming she “will not take part in the president’s charade,” leaving 60-70 miles of border unmanned and unchecked.
Since the removal of troops, American citizens have taken a bold stand in getting out an SOS message that they are under siege daily.
More than 400 people from Southwest border towns met recently in Deming, NM to discuss who is financing the unprecedented caravans of illegal immigrants, the continued assaults on borderland ranchers, the abuse and misuse of federal resources, and the health risks posed by the border crossers.
Ed Ashurst, an Arizona native from a pioneer family, was one of seven panel members educating the gathered citizens. “The border is not secure. I believe the United States of America is in a watershed moment,” he warned.
The panel supplied research from two independent sources: Mark Hager, a university adjunct history professor who has done extensive research on the border, and Chuck Holton, a freelance war correspondent for Christian Broadcasting Network and former U.S. Army Ranger.
Ashurst read highlights of their reports:
“The exceedingly corrupt government of Mexico and the Mexican drug cartels and the left-wing pro-immigration groups have become blood brothers. They may have different reasons for wanting to breach the border, and their plan of attack may be different. But their goals are identical. One of the main things they have in common is their uncanny abilities to manipulate the 21st Century American politicians.”
Holton’s research indicates caravans are being orchestrated by the U.N. International Organization for Migration and the International Migration Institute, a Soros-funded organization. That reinforces what a majority of Americans already believe.
And that’s why citizens groups are popping up in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. Regular Jills and Joes are now on the border, trying to assist border patrol agents in keeping illegals south of their states.
As McAleenan says, “It should be very clear from these numbers that we are facing alarming trends in the rising volumes of people illegally crossing our Southwest border.”
And he is correct: Last weekend Yuma Sector Border Patrol agents in Arizona apprehended 750 illegal border crossers — representing a 230% increase in family unit apprehensions and a 36% increase in unaccompanied alien children compared to this time last year.
And it’s not just the tired, poor, or huddled masses yearning for free stuff in America. There are also the drug-running cartels, who exploit a toll-free business corridor and are ready to ship products and traffic people.
Two ranching families along the Arizona border are speaking out, hoping the swamp will listen to the stories – or daily crime occurrences – of 83-year-old Warner Glenn and Billy Grossman.
Glenn spoke with Christian Broadcasting Network, “… if they go by a residence and there’s nobody there, they are going to go in and look around. And firearms, top of the list, any kind of jewelry, top of the list, cash, top of the list.”
Grossman personally detained an illegal smuggler attempting to steal his truck. “I brought him back to the house. And then my wife called the sheriff, and the sheriff and border patrol come up and got him, and then we went back to my pickup, and there was a bale of marijuana in the back of my pickup, and he had stolen a lot of stuff from the house.”
Anyone who describes the immigration crisis as a “charade” should not be a representative of the people.
Stanching the flow of illegal immigrants is an everyday reality for Americans who work and live near the southern border and the taxpayers across the nation who pay for the privilege illegals garner once safely within the country.
A recent report from the Heritage Foundation states that “the average unlawful immigrant household received around $24,721 in government benefits.”
No nation could possibly sustain the pounding this country is experiencing – financially, spiritually, or emotionally. It’s simply too much of a burden. One million illegals by the end of 2019 — and as each one costs $69,570 over his or her time in the U.S., that means $69.6 billion per million illegal immigrants. No, it won’t take much longer to bleed out our once prosperous and welcoming nation.