By Rick Oltman, April 6, 2018
President Trump discussed a grim reality on Thursday in West Virginia, once again decrying the rapes that occur as people from around the world surge toward our southern border. “… and yesterday it came out … women are raped at levels that nobody’s ever seen before,” the president said.
Rape is a terrible reality for women who are trying to illegally enter our country. It has been going on for years.
In 2000, two Arizona men and I were scouting a route that we were going to take the next day leading a caravan of national media along the Arizona/Mexican border road near Douglas, Arizona. Just west of town, Larry, the driver of the truck, pulled off to the right and parked. “I want to show you guys something I found yesterday,” he said. And he led us to a small tree that was ornamented with women’s panties and bras hanging from the branches.
We had never seen anything like it before and never read anything about something like this. Larry asked warily, “What do you make of this?” I looked at Dave, a retired Border Patrol Agent and said, “Final payment?” “Yeah,” he spat, disgustedly. We had found the first “rape tree.” It was a few hundred yards north of the Mexican border and about 500 yards from Arizona Highway 80. Women who were being smuggled across the border and waiting for the “load car” to pick them up were being raped while waiting for the vehicle to arrive. And judging by the number of undergarments, it had happened a lot in this location.
A few months later, I was with some Arizona ranchers near the border who were rounding up illegal aliens on their property and turning them over to the border patrol. We found seven young people, four men and three women in their twenties, who became lost and were wandering in the desert for three days without food or water. They drank four gallons of water in about four minutes and wolfed down all the cookies and candy we had brought along in the trucks. We segregated them, and the wives tended to the women.
One of the young men worked at a sports bar in Boston and was trying to get back there after a visit home to Brazil. He spoke English pretty well, and while waiting for the border patrol to arrive, I was asking him about the trip.
“Did you get held up (robbed by the Mexican authorities) at every stop?” I asked.
“Yeah, we ran out of money about 600 miles south of the border,” he said.
“You must have been stopped after that, how did you pay?” I asked.
And with that question, three of the men dropped their heads and looked at the ground. “Mr. Sports Bar” kept his stony gaze fixed on me and didn’t say a word. I glanced over his shoulder at the young women a few yards away and made eye contact with him again, “They paid,” I said disgustedly. And he dropped his head and stared at the ground without a word.
These men had to watch their women being raped by the barbarians of the narco-state of Mexico!
I related the two stories above to active border patrol agents and one sector chief, all of whom nodded, and said they had dealt with or heard of similar situations multiple times. One had taken a woman to a hospital emergency room, because she had been so violently abused.
I am the first person to say that those who risk their lives to travel thousands of miles to try to enter our country illegally are responsible for their own fate. They decided to take the risk.
However, when the American Government in three successive presidential administrations, Clinton, Bush and Obama, did virtually nothing to discourage illegal immigration, even after the 9-11 attack, they share some responsibility for the deaths and rapes that occurred. There was not a single credible message discouraging illegal immigration sent to the world for 24 years, nearly a quarter of a century.
Those days are over. The discussion of the border wall, sending the military to the border and all the presidential rhetoric that the media mockingly covers, sends that discouraging message, which should reduce the numbers coming and make securing our border easier for the men and women on the line.
Next thing to be done is pass mandatory E-Verify for all employers, including state and federal governments. Then the president can proclaim to the world, “Don’t waste your time, spend your money and risk your life to try to enter America illegally, because you’re not going to make it. And if you do get in, there is no job for you.”
You have enemies? Good. That means you’ve stood up for something, sometime in your life. [Winston Churchill.]
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