As the left mocks President Trump for his “manufactured crisis” at the U.S. southern border, a new report details the horrific fate of migrant women in the “7th safest city in America.”
A report in The New York Times published Sunday revealed the gut-wrenching “hidden nightmare of sexual violence” that has occurred in one particular border town of McAllen, Texas – a city that the president visited in January amid much criticism by liberals for his warning about illegal immigration.
“The stories are many, and yet all too similar. Undocumented women making their way into American border towns have been beaten for disobeying smugglers, impregnated by strangers, coerced into prostitution, shackled to beds and trees and — in at least a handful of cases — bound with duct tape, rope or handcuffs,” the report stated, noting that a New York Times review revealed “more than 100 documented reports of sexual assault of undocumented women along the border in the past two decades.”
And this, according to The Times, “only skims the surface,” adding that much of the violence that befalls migrant women happens after they have reached the other side of the border and enter in the U.S. The report revealed the horrible accounts of women, victims of smugglers at one place used as a “stash house.”
The New York Times reports:
It was dark in the stash house where they kept her, the windows covered so no one could see inside. At first, the smugglers had her cook for the other migrants who had recently crossed illegally into the United States. Then they took her to a room upstairs, locked the door and began taking turns with her.
It was the summer of 2014, and Melvin, a 36-year-old mother of three, had just completed the journey from her native Guatemala, crossing the Rio Grande on a raft before being led to the house in the Texas border city of McAllen.
For weeks in that locked room, the men she had paid to get her safely to the United States drugged her with pills and cocaine, refusing to let her out even to bathe.
“I think that since they put me in that room, they killed me,” the woman said. “They raped us so many times they didn’t see us as human beings anymore.”
Another woman who had attemted to escape from a moving car after being kidnapped was held prisoner and forced to have sex with six men at he house in McAllen, a city of 143,000 in the Rio Grande Valley.
“I thought it would be better if I died when I fell from the car,” the 45-year-old a mother of four from Guatemala, said.
Adding insult to injury, as Democrats argue with Trump about funding a border wall to deter migrants – and the smugglers purportedly being paid to get them illegally across the U.S. border – liberals slammed the president’s visit to McAllen in January.
“All you have to do is look at the borders. Rent a helicopter, except you don’t want to know the truth,” he told reporters at the time.
Residents in the Texas town touted their hometown’s record as a safe place to live, apparently oblivious to the migrant rape house.
Folks in McAllen have put up a sign reminding Trump that this is one of the safest places in America. https://t.co/r8W3oopy3F
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
And the attacks about Trump’s “manufactured crisis and a divisive symbol of fear” continued to pour in, with even the mayor of McAllen speaking about the real problem being in Central America.
Trump is now in McAllen, Texas to hype up his proposed border wall. The wall is nothing more than a manufactured crisis and a divisive symbol of fear.
The real crisis is the horrific violence and persecution faced by desperate people and families who have fled home. ?????????? https://t.co/Ov8i4rDWoL
— Amnesty International (@amnestyusa) January 10, 2019
Perhaps few other reports, attacks or blatant lies about Trump’s efforts aged as badly as the one by CNN’s Jim Acosta who infamously made the case for a border wall while attempting to slam the concept in a report from McAllen that earned a biting response from the president himself.
Dear Diary… https://t.co/NAuMaQW6fl
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 11, 2019
“All quiet on this stretch of the border,” Acosta reported.
All quiet on this stretch of the border ahead of Trump’s visit to McAllen TX area. pic.twitter.com/cJ9tBwdCSd
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) January 10, 2019
Hours after Acosta’s selfie video proclaiming the safety of McAllen, Mexican authorities discovered 20 bodies – most of them charred – and five abandoned and burned-out vehicles about 56 miles west of McAllen.