By Allan Wall, June 1, 2021
Now that the era of that Mean Old Trump is over, the glorious era of Biden-Harris welcomes the world to America’s door.
That’s certainly how they see it in other countries.
It used to be that most of the people crossing the U.S.-Mexico border were Mexicans. Later, Central Americans outnumbered Mexicans. Lately, Mexicans have increased again.
But it’s certainly not limited to those countries. Now, they’re coming to America from many countries, and not only from this hemisphere.
A recent article on Axios, by Stef. W. Kight, is entitled Distant migrants now targeting U.S.-Mexico border.
It begins thusly, “The number of people attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border from countries beyond Mexico and Central America’s Northern Triangle [Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras] — including residents of Haiti, Cuba, Romania and India — has spiked during recent months.”
In the month of April, the Border Patrol dealt with 33,000 border crossers “from nations other than Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador,” which is an increase from 9,000 in the month of January, and up 35% from the previous month of March.
Looking at the big picture, of all the border crossers encountered in April, 30% were from countries other than Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras.
In the past few months, border crossers from 160 countries have been encountered. That’s the majority of countries in the world!
So how do they get here? “They often fly into Central American countries before traveling through Mexico to the border, multiple experts said.”
Well, what can you expect, with the signals Biden and company have flashed to the world?
Now we have a border being crossed by people from 164 countries!
But everybody’s not entering by crossing the U.S.-Mexican border.
Some are traveling over water, and I don’t just refer to the Rio Grande. I mean the Pacific Ocean!
And this route is dangerous.
An incident in early May resulted in three fatalities. According the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), An attempt to smuggle more than 30 people into the United States along the coast of San Diego Sunday [May 2] turned deadly after the smuggling boat broke apart along a reef at Point Loma.
The vessel was a 40-foot trawler-type cabin cruiser, which encountered some inclement weather, struck a reef, and capsized. Thanks to a quick response most of those aboard  were rescued, three however perished.
What was the status of those on board? According to the CBP, everybody on the boat except for two people were illegal alien Mexicans. Another was a Guatemalan illegal alien. Each of the illegal aliens had paid over $15,000 for the trip.
The captain of the vessel, 39-year old Antonio Hurtado, is a U.S. citizen, and was charged with bringing in aliens “at a place other than a designated point of entry or at a place other than as designated by the Commissioner” and assaulting a border patrol agent.”
The CBP reports that, “Maritime smuggling on the Southern California coastline has been on the rise.”
Also on May 2nd, nine Mexicans were dropped off by a boat at Newport Beach. The group was composed of seven men, one woman and a 13-year old unaccompanied boy.
Just three days before these two incidents, a boat attempting an illegal entry, with 21 on board, was apprehended.
CBP reports that, “Between FY19 and FY20, San Diego Sector experienced a 92% increase of apprehensions in the maritime domain. San Diego Sector has made 909 arrests to date this fiscal year (since October 1, 2020), putting us on track for an additional 40% increase by the end of the fiscal year.”
Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke, of the San Diego sector of the Border Patrol warns that, “All of these illegal crossings at sea are inherently dangerous, and we have seen too many turn from risky to tragic as smugglers sacrifice the safety of those on board for the sake of profits.”
Like the U.S.-Mexican border, the Pacific route too is dangerous.
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