America has always been a place where people came for a fresh start and, as long as they came legally and abided by the rules, there was a place for them on the ladder to a better life.

But illegal entry has been on the rise for decades, sapping jobs, tax revenue and community resources from American cities and counties and when candidate Donald Trump campaigned on a promise to “build a wall” at the southern border between the United States and Mexico, he spoke of “bad hombres” presumably meaning Spanish-speaking people coming not only from Mexico, but Central America.

Recent years have seen a surge in migrants coming across the border from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras not only looking for work, but fleeing the violence and gang warfare of drug cartels in their homelands.

But apparently, it isn’t just migrants from the south who want to come into America, as U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stationed the San Ysidro Port of Entry in California found out when they found four Chinese nationals hiding in the trunk of a car.

The three females and one male were removed and taken to “a secure location for further processing,” according to the officers, but the story could have had a far different – and tragic ending.

Concealing persons in vehicles is dangerous and could have severe consequences,” said Pete Flores, Director of Field Operations for CBP in San Diego. “San Ysidro CBP officers stopped a violation of our immigration law and were able to resolve the incident safely.”

Every year, illegal migrants die of suffocation or heat stroke in vans and cars as they try to make it across the border, hidden by traffickers who demand huge sums of money, but care little for the safety of the human beings they are smuggling.

In fact, it was a Border Protection canine who discovered the four crammed, detecting a scent while a vehicle was waiting at the San Ysidro Port of Entry for inspection, and alerted the officers.

The vehicle was driven by a U.S. citizen, a 24-year-old male, driving a 2014 Chrysler 200, who was detained on suspicion of human trafficking.

The Border Protection officers were able to confirm that the Chinese nationals did not have the legal ability to enter the U.S. lawfully.

As President Trump begins to take steps to make good on his promise to “Build the Wall,” it becomes more evident that the flood of migrants across the border is not merely comprised of nationals from countries to the south, but from all over the world.

It is a flood that will turn into a deluge if left unchecked and one America does not have the ability to absorb, let alone provide with food, housing, medical care and education as Americans go without.

 

 

 
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