Can you name these famous Americans?
“America is another name for Opportunity.”
Ralph Waldo Emmerson
- His father was an alcoholic unicyclist. Her mother was a pregnant teenager and dropped out of high school. His mother remarried a Mexican immigrant and the couple invested in their son’s garage business. Today, he is now the richest man in the world.
- He arrived on the American shores with a sports bag containing sports clothes, eight dollars and no English. Today, he’s one of the most successful and wealthy movie stars of all time, has been the governor of the world’s sixth largest economy, and turned his $ 8 into $ 400 million.
- He arrived from Korea to become a gas station attendant and janitor in the 1980s. Today, he owns one of the most successful clothing brands in the world and has a net worth of $ 3 billion.
- He broke the wall on the US-Mexico border with a hundred dollar loan. He didn’t speak English and started cleaning kennels. Today he has fulfilled his dream of being “the greatest dog trainer in the world”, friends with nearly every Hollywood movie star and a net worth of $ 25 million.
CDLLife reached out to border officers and the office of Governor Kim Reynolds of Iowa to discuss both our pride in our US officers and the desperate needs at the border.
To understand the immigration crisis, we must first understand the power that brings hope. And one of the most surprising aspects of investigating this story is that immigrants are largely overjoyed to find Border Patrol.
Last July, the US border encountered more than 200,000 immigrants for a record 21 years. As a nation, we are on track to apprehend nearly two million immigrants by the end of the year. That’s enough people to equal more than the fourth largest city in the United States.
The border patrol met citizens of 150 countries, who went through enormous hardships: many traveled the 6,000 miles to the border, are indebted to their communities for their passage, and endured horrors hard to describe.
CDLLife connected with Sjt. Smidt of the Iowa State Patrol. Recently, they returned from a tour that Governor Kim Reynolds sent them. She sent 27 soldiers to the border as part of Operation Lone Star to assist the Texas Border Patrol.
During a press conference about their time at the border, the Iowa soldiers said how proud they were of the kindness they showed to the immigrants they encountered. Captain Mark Miller shared at a press conference:
“But what we found out was that when people saw us, they smiled. They reached out to us to get them out of the river. The relief that was there.
Captain Miller was so proud of the officers’ acts of kindness and generosity at the scene-
- Officers put the small children in their patrol cars to let them sleep in the air conditioning, while they waited for treatment.
- They obtained food and diapers for the families that the soldiers went to buy.
- The soldiers bought a crate of flip-flops in case they ran into people who didn’t have shoes.
- On one occasion, they rescued a woman so severely dehydrated that medics said she was within an hour of death when soldiers found her.
- On another occasion, they rescued a minor from sex trafficking.
- They found MRE (military food rations) to feed people.
But the captain also said that the things the immigrants had endured were horrific:
“Coyotes used women as a piece of meat. While they were at the border, there were “66 known deaths from the elements. 24 drownings. They were sent to look for the bodies of immigrants in the river. Rattlesnakes are a problem. Coyote-guides let people die in the desert.
Because people from 150 countries entering the United States know what law enforcement means. It means real hope.
It’s not difficult for these immigrants to compare American hospitality and kindness with what they endured up to our border:
* Courtesy of an Homeland Security officer who connected with this reporter from CDLLife.
They pay dearly for their passage: there are reports of Cartel vendors approaching citizens with arguments about going to America. The market is currently competitively priced at $ 15,000 per head.
They borrow from everyone they know to get that money. They know that if they succeed, they will be able to repay them, and even provide for the needs of their families back home.
The most disturbing part of the current border crisis is that every person represents money in the pockets of the cartel.
95 percent or more of immigrants use a Coyote to cross the United States. If you multiply that $ 15,000 figure by the two million people the border patrol will apprehend by the end of the year, then it is easy to project the billions of dollars that will line the pockets of the cartel.
“Each year, more than 5 million cars, 1.5 million commercial trucks and 3.8 million pedestrians cross northern Mexico into the United States here, bringing with them a ton of hidden narcotics,” CNN reports.
Many immigrants who cannot pay, especially minors, are forced to become drug mules. This has devastating consequences for the whole country.
Governor Kim Reynold’s office sent CDLLife the following statistics:
- Iowa notably saw 523 grams of fentanyl seized between January and May 2020.
- During the same period in 2021, approximately 6,641 grams of fentanyl were seized, an increase of 1,148%.
- 93% of the heroin found in our country was originally smuggled across the southern border.
As a country, we face an opioid crisis that is causing Vietnam War-like deaths… every year. And these are pre-pandemic numbers.
It is a truly wonderful country, full of kind people and law enforcement agencies that we can trust. As Prime Minister Tony Blair once said, “An easy way to measure a country is to look at how many want to enter … and how many want to leave.
But the rise of opioids is tearing this country and its families apart.
For example, how many crimes in the greater Baltimore area are due to drugs? “Over 85%. “These numbers apply across our state,” according to Baltimore Sun attorney Scott Shellenberger.
We need to take taking care of our neighbors and our nation really seriously. To claim that there is no problem at the border is as ludicrous as to claim that there is no global suffering that we can help.
Let’s say with Lady Liberty,
“Give me your tired, your poor,
your curled masses yearn to breathe freely,
the miserable garbage of your teeming shore.
But let’s also be prepared to filter out the very issues that immigrants flee from.