Paso Canoas, COSTA RICA – In this shabby town on the border with Panama, members of organized criminal gangs lurk in the shadows, waiting to smuggle illegal aliens on the next leg of their journey in Central America and onward to the United States. In a dilapidated safe house, Carlos Gustavo (not his real name) rubs his unshaven chin. His body is a chronology of organized crime, sporting numerous gang tattoos documenting his journey through the ranks of organized crime. Gustavo is understandably edgy as his latest “customer” is late. Gustavo estimates that over the last two years, he has personally snaked between 500 and 600 people through the heart of Central America as they make their way north to the United States. Illegal aliens come from all over the world and a passage from South Asia can cost anywhere between $10,000 to $30,000.
Welcome to the world of illegal immigration, a $35 billion-a-year business that has made smugglers and organized crime bosses fabulously wealthy. Contrary to what the Democrats would have us believe, the vast majority of illegal aliens that make their way to the U.S. are not trafficked. They have money, from their families and from their savings and 93 percent of them (according to the International Organization for Migration) steal across international borders to chase the American dream.
According to Tuesday Reitano, the deputy director at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime,
“This is a process of global osmosis.”
“People are moving around through semipermeable borders.”
“They go from where it’s poor to where it’s rich until they overwhelm the system and make that less rich and then they go somewhere else.”
“And ultimately, it all ends up at room temperature.”
That the U.S. is overwhelmed and growing less rich because of illegal aliens is not in doubt. Working-class wages in the U.S. have been stagnant or worse because illegal aliens do not demand the same rights and wages as U.S. citizens and companies take advantage of that. With globalization, companies are freer to decide where to locate their operations – typically places where labor is cheap – but they can just as easily continue to operate in the U.S. if the labor that works for them is cheap and illegal.
It is this combination of higher wages in the U.S. compared to their home countries, as well as the prospect of gaining access to America’s social welfare services that continues to lure illegal aliens north. Criminal gangs who run this lucrative enterprise say that if you want to go to the U.S. – start by booking a ticket to Quito, Ecuador. Ten years ago, the South American nation threw open its doors to the world, requiring no visitor to arrive with a visa. From Quito, the border with Columbia lies just 150 miles away and from there it only takes a couple of days up the Central American trail to the edge of the United States.
Five years ago, only a few hundred immigrants routed themselves to the U.S. through South America. But in the last five years, word spread of the Obama administration relaxing restrictions on border crossings, employing “catch-and-release” policies which immediately releases captured illegal aliens and granting amnesty to childhood arrivals of illegal aliens. News spread quickly throughout the rest of the world that it was open season for illegal aliens thinking of making it into the U.S. and from just a few hundred, nearly 30,000 illegal aliens make their way through Colombia, according to the Colombian government.
For it’s part, Colombia has been facilitating this illegal business by regularizing it. Government official regularly receive bribes for looking the other way on illegal aliens passing through the country, but have now taken the unprecedented step to officially sanction the illegal aliens as they journey north to the U.S. In the gritty port city of Turbo, Colombia, officials last year began taking the names of migrants as they boarded ferries headed north. Each illegal alien carried a salvo conducto or “safe conduct” pass – essentially a pass that lets illegal aliens remain in Colombia for five days, sufficient for them to arrange the next leg of their illegal journey northwards to the United States.
But thanks to President Donald Trump’s tough stance on illegal immigration, things are getting tougher for illegal aliens making the journey northwards into the United States. Gustavo laments that just two years ago, he used to see as many as 35 illegal aliens a day, when the Obama administration had granted protected status Haitians because of the 2010 earthquake. Obama also took a softer stance on Cuba, fueling even more illegal aliens taking on the risky and expensive north-bound journey. Gustavo adds,
“Seeing all the immigrants, you see all the money.”
But illegal aliens don’t just represent money, for some hardened gangsters, they also represent pleasure. Rape is common and often goes unreported. Sexual abuse is almost a rite of passage for most illegal aliens. The semi-permeable border between the United States and Mexico also represents too tempting an opportunity for illegal aliens to pass up. Which is why so many make the journey every year.
According to a former gang member who built a house on the profits he made from participation in the illegal smuggling of humans to the U.S.,
“They have an American dream. It’s like a headache that won’t go away until they get what they’re looking for.”
The only problem is that illegal aliens aren’t Americans, so they have no right to the American dream – one that has been eluding millions of hardworking Americans thanks to the inflow of cheap illegal labor. For Americans, illegal aliens represent a headache that won’t go away. It is for this reason that President Donald Trump’s Border Wall is so essential in stemming the tidal wave of illegal aliens making their way through the porous border with Mexico. As long as there is no physical barrier stopping illegal aliens, there will be no mental barrier as well and the $35 billion-a-year business will continue to thrive, at the expense of illegal aliens who may be brutalized in the process and most importantly, at the expense of the livelihoods and safety of millions of Americans who deserve their shot at the American dream.