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Border Crisis So Bad Coast Guard Now Being Deployed into Desert

The harsh realities of unrestricted illegal immigration are causing major problems in border states — and now even the establishment media can’t hide the fallout of what is happening.

This week, USA Today reported that officials are being so overwhelmed by the influx of sick immigrants that they’re reaching out for medical help from the U.S. Coast Guard.

“Hundreds of migrants and their children seeking to enter the U.S. from Mexico are arriving with illnesses, forcing U.S. Customs and Border Protection to seek additional medical assistance and boost medical screenings,” the national newspaper stated.

Most people think of the Coast Guard as red-and-white ships rescuing boaters or maybe stopping high-seas smugglers, but the immigration crisis is forcing the agency to send health care experts to places hundreds of miles from the nearest ports.

“The Border Patrol has been receiving assistance from the Coast Guard, which has sent medical teams to the border in the Yuma and Tucson, Arizona, and Rio Grande Valley sectors of the border,” USA Today continued.

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It’s worth noting that Tucson isn’t anywhere near the coast. The Arizona city is about 150 miles from Puerto Peñasco in the Gulf of California, and over 200 miles from San Diego. This suggests that officials are seriously swamped by the immigration situation and looking for help from anyone able.

At the same time, the USA Today report directly contradicts a narrative the mainstream media has been trying hard to push for months. Just last month, NBC News breathlessly declared that “migrants don’t bring disease.”

“People who oppose immigration often argue that migrants bring disease with them, and that they then become a burden to health systems in their new countries because they’re so sick,” wrote Maggie Fox for NBC News. “But that’s not true.”

So which is it? The facts presented in the USA Today piece — not to mention common sense — directly contradict that bizarre claim.

“The ill migrants have been arriving with all kinds of ailments, many with flu or pneumonia that can be particularly pervasive and dangerous this time of year,” the newspaper stated.

“Disclosure of the numbers of sick migrants come amid heightened concern about the medical condition of children in U.S. custody,” the paper wrote.

That pesky reality, always getting in the way of narratives!

“Many (migrants) were ill before they departed their homes,” confirmed U.S. Border Patrol Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan. In just one week, “the agency reported 451 cases referred to doctors or other providers, including 259 children,”  USA Today reported.

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One reason for the rising number of sick and potentially infectious immigrants is that they’ve changed their tactics. According to McAleenan, migrants are no longer only arriving at the border on foot, they’re being literally brought in by the bus-load in what the official called a “robust smuggling cycle.”

It’s time to take border security seriously, and to send a message that endless illegal immigration cannot go on. There are real consequences to the failed border policies, with both public health and unacceptable crime connected to the issue.

Even pro-immigration advocates must admit that the situation is out of control. This crisis has been simmering for years, and is now boiling over.

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Benjamin Arie is an independent journalist and writer. He has personally covered everything ranging from local crime to the U.S. president as a reporter in Michigan before focusing on national politics. Ben frequently travels to Latin America and has spent years living in Mexico.




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