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Build the wall

A Journal Guest Opinion
By John Brinning | Aug 07, 2017

In recent days we have been reminded of the horrific effects of human trafficking. It has been reported that approximately 100 undocumented illegal aliens were found in the back of a semitrailer parked near a Wal-Mart store in San Antonio. At least 10 have been reported deceased and a number of others near death from heat exhaustion.

Alien smugglers are probably the lowest form of human life, preying on their own citizens and having no regard for human life. They should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

I have full knowledge of human trafficking and have personally witnessed numerous cases where the illegal aliens are left to die in the arid desert of our southwest border with Mexico, without water, without protection from the elements. I have rescued illegal aliens from locked boxcars, hidden in compartments on freight trains, crammed into vans, pickup trucks, semi trucks, boats and airplanes.

As border law enforcement increases surveillance on high traffic alien smuggling routes, the smugglers become more inventive, more desperate in attempting to move their human cargo. Known gang members and juvenile drivers both male and female are continually being recruited to move the illegal cargo north into the interior regions of the U.S. Many of the drivers are promised money and illicit drugs. Other drivers are threatened with their own lives or the lives of loved ones if they do not comply with the smuggler’s demands.

Prosecution of alien smuggling cases is probably one of the most difficult of all. We Border Patrol Agents all fluently speak Spanish and are able to glean biographical data from the apprehended subjects. However, when the prospective material witness/illegal alien is questioned as to the identity of the smuggler, how much they paid, their destination, things usually come to a stop. The smugglers threaten their subjects with death, death of family members in Mexico or wherever they may be from. Many young females are brutally raped, others who are ill are left to die.

So what’s the solution, how can we stop this tragedy? Do we simply throw up our hands, open the border and let everyone in? Do we legalize all who are here illegally? Or, do we build a wall to keep undocumented aliens and traffickers in narcotics out? Is this a guarantee that we will stop ALL illegal and illicit contraband from entering the U.S.? No, but it will certainly cut down the illegal crossings into the U.S. via the Mexican border. Mexico is an avenue used by many who seek refuge in the U.S. Canada is also a common gateway for illegal traffic.

And since I’m on my soapbox, I believe all employers who knowingly hire illegal aliens should be prosecuted.


John Brinning

Retired U.S.

Border Patrol


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