Contrary to liberal talking points, conservatives understand the plight of migrants attempting to cross the southern border. We understand that parents in Central America and Mexico often can’t provide their children the life they want for them, so they risk it all by trekking hundreds or thousands of miles in an attempt to reach the United States.
But we also wonder: is the trip worth the risk of death?
A parent’s decision to make the perilous journey is driven by extreme emotion. They may not rationally understand that the journey itself is riddled with dangerous and deadly obstacles that could very well kill them in the process. Families have to travel across deserts, over rivers, and even through jungles.
A danger less often discussed is the wildlife along the way.
In November 2018, a shocking video shot by a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent near Eagle Pass, Texas showed what appeared to be a large alligator casually swimming across the Rio Grande River.
According to KGNS, Tomo Miller with the Lamar Bruni Vergara Environmental Science Center explained that while gator sightings in the Rio Grande are rare, the animals themselves are not uncommon. He said they usually end up coming from other rivers or as abandoned pets.
You can watch the gator swim across the river toward the Border Patrol agent’s boat below.
Miller also said that gators enjoy calm waters, which sometimes describes the River Grande.
Since the river is an obvious and frequent crossing point into the U.S. for illegal immigrants, a run-in with alligators is not outside the question.
Not only do illegal immigrants have to deal with nature, they also have to make their way through unspeakably dangerous territory controlled by drug cartels where daily violence is the norm.
According to the Washington Post, acting director of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Ken Cuccinelli blamed the death of a migrant child who drowned in the Rio Grande on her father.
Democrats, especially those contending for the Democratic presidential nomination, want you to believe the child’s tragic death was a result of the Trump administration’s immigration and asylum policies.
“The reason we have tragedies like that on the border is because that father didn’t wait to go through the asylum process in the legal fashion and decided to cross the river and not only died but his daughter died tragically as well,” Cucinelli said.
He went on to explain that until the U.S. asylum system is fixed, more will likely die on the dangerous journey to reach the United States.
However those deaths happen, it’s a risk that asylum seekers need to keep in mind before they willingly put their children into harm’s way.
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