Zero tolerance protects everyone: The unreported perils facing illegal immigrants

The September Immigration Report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), a non-profit group, published some statistics I had not seen before. They provided eye-opening numbers describing the very real perils and hazards faced by those that would trek across Mexico, seeking access to the United States.

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According to findings of the Princeton Policy Advisors, an American immigration policy of “zero tolerance not only serves the best interests of the American people, but it also is the effective means of protecting the migrants themselves”.

The Princeton think tank’s report states that, this year, over 711,000 migrants will attempt to illegally enter America from Mexico. But here’s the hair-raising part: substantial numbers of these illegals will become “victims of 1.1 million adverse events” during their travels to reach the U.S. Over a million incidents of migrant victimization. This means an average of 1.4 adverse events per migrant on their trek to attempt an illegal border crossing.

The report defines an adverse event to include “dying along the way, becoming a victim of a crime, or being arrested by authorities in Mexico or the United States”.  For 2018, the Princeton analysis estimates:

2,200 migrants were killed or died on the way to the U.S.;

118,000 suffered rape or coerced sex;

138,000 were robbed or assaulted along the way;

102,000 were victims of kidnapping and extortion.

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There were other tragic crimes migrants had to endure. These included human trafficking (27,000), being compelled to smuggle drugs (81,000) and extended incarceration (76,000).  Mexico has experienced 18,000 murders directly due to the immigration and drug policies of Mexico and the U.S. under Obama, and the Princeton people state that about 10% to 20% most likely were migrants. This would raise the death “aggregate total to 2,800 – 4,600 deaths”. Plainly, all these people paid a terrible price for their ill-conceived journey north, which will end in a high string of concertina razor wire.


Turns out the fortunate migrants – 526,000 of them – were those arrested by U.S. or Mexican authorities. About 26,000 migrants ceased their attempts to reach the U.S. and in all likelihood went back to their country of origin.

FAIR states that this astonishing data “makes it clear that, contrary to popular perception, it is the illegal alien advocates who are cruel and inhumane”.  These advocates, and their buddies in the mainstream media, need to own up to their own stupidity. They need to admit and confess that their outrageous behavior results from a callous disregard for the true welfare of migrants, and from their Machiavellian search for future political votes. They have blood on their hands and death on their conscience.

Op-ed views and opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily represent the views of BizPac Review.


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