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‘A Cemetery For Our People’

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Mae Ryan

Melissa del Bosque joined The Texas Observer staff in 2008. She specializes in reporting on immigration and the U.S.-Mexico border. Her work has been published in national and international publications including TIME magazine and the Mexico City-based Nexos magazine. Melissa is a 2014-15 Lannan Fellow at The Investigative Fund.

  • 1bimbo

    were the illegal children or teenagers runaways? .. did the parents send them across the border? .. wouldn’t the parents be guilty of neglect, child endangerment, engaging in organized crime with the smugglers? parents in the US are arrested and charged for letting their kids walk to the park. so why do illegals.. er.. ‘undocumented migrants’ get a free pass to put their children in harms way.

    http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2014/08/15/3471673/mother-arrested-children-food-bank/

    http://www.cnn.com/2014/07/31/living/florida-mom-arrested-son-park/

    http://www.dailykos.com/story/2014/07/22/1315819/-McDonald-s-fires-woman-arrested-for-letting-her-kid-go-to-the-park-alone#

  • Ana M. Fores Tamayo

    Your name is certainly fitting, 1bimbo! It takes the utmost love and courage to send your children away, thinking they are better off fighting through the calamities that befall them on the trip north rather than stay in their own country, filled with oftentimes uncertain death.

    If you do not want to wake up to the realities of what is going on in these countries, then at least refrain from commenting what you know nothing about. Take a look at what NYT’s Charles Blow has to say: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/10/opinion/charles-blow-the-crisis-of-children-at-the-border.html

    Ana M. Fores Tamayo, Adjunct Justice
    Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/better-pay-for-adjuncts
    Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AdjunctJustice

    • southtpa

      so is the US the only safe place in the world? if that were so the whole world would come here and ask for asylum. we know that won’t work. the US is not the best place to seek asylum. coyotes are very expensive, the journey takes days, the dangers, rape, kidnapping, cartel violence, the desert etc., make this direction the worst choice if safety is what you seek. a plane ticket to Ecuador is only about $700 and takes only a day in comfort and best of all no visa needed. these are not refugees but criminal invaders from their first step across the border. every moment hey stay in the US they are committing a crime. every minute they work here they are committing another crime. criminals should not be rewarded

      • Ana M. Fores Tamayo

        Again, read please and become aware if you want to comment without looking the fool. If you know anything about the refugee crisis, you will note that many other countries — besides the US — have been overrun with refugees. This shows you it is a problem endemic to the crime and violence in the area, not “criminal invaders” taking advantage of US.

        Here’s some more materials for your edification:

        Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2700946/From-bribing-drug-cartels-immigration-officials-paying-hotels-train-rides-Coyote-smugglers-reveal-costs-involved-smuggling-child-migrants-Central-America-U-S.html

        Link to national TPP root causes of the current child refugee “crisis”:
        https://www.freeconferencecallhd.com/playback/?n=HcbOU%2FjWeA1

        Minute 06:11: David Beacon is introduced & begins his talk
        David Bacon, Award-Winning Author and photo-journalist, well known for his books documenting the human face of globalization and free trade. Some of his books include:
        “The Right to Stay Home: How U.S. Policy Drives Mexican Migration”
        “Illegal People: How Globalization Creates Migration and Criminalizes Immigrants”
        “The Children of NAFTA”

        At around minute 19:00: Alexis Stoumbelis, Executive Director, Committee in Solidarity With the People of El Salvador (CISPES) dynamite talk connecting the dots: CAFTA, NAFTA, impoverished peasants, intra- and international migration, urban gang-related violence due in great part to the cartels controlling the terrestrial “free trade” new route for drug trucks trekking north to the USA, where overwhelmed and/or properly “greased” customs let them enter the country unchecked.

        As Executive director, Stoumbelis has direct knowledge about how CAFTA threatens social programs and the economy of El Salvador. CISPES is a grassroots organization dedicated to supporting the Salvadoran People’s struggle for self-determination and social & economic justice. Since the end of El Salvador’s civil war in 1992, CISPES has worked to oppose free trade and privatization in the Central American Free Trade Agreement or CAFTA.

        In sol(idarity),

        Ana M. Fores Tamayo, Adjunct Justice
        Petition: http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/better-pay-for-adjuncts
        Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/AdjunctJustice

  • Humberto Martinez

    I have attempted to educate 1bimbo several times on several issues. While I enjoy a good discussion and even an animated debate, I can recognize that arguing with the ignorant -willful in this case – and the uninformed is a total waste of time and energy. For this reason I respectfully suggest to Ana M. Flores Tamayo and other good people who also have tried to enlighten 1bimbo, to not waste their time further. I know I won’t. 1bimbo is aptly described by her name, one she seems as proud of as much as the pride she takes in revealing her incoherent ignorance on this and – I am sure – many other forums. She is no more than the village idiot. I would say she is like the circus clown, except but for the seriousness of the issues to which she so flippantly and maliciously responds. To 1bimbo I say, your ignorance is as impenetrable as any of the countless black holes in space. This is my sign off to you.

    • 1bimbo

      you stumble over vocabulary the way most looney liberals stumble over policy, so i consider your ‘sign off’ apropos

  • Namaimo

    I don’t want to say/I have to say — overpopulation leads to/will lead to total disregard for human rights.