A Guatemalan migrant ignored all the rules when she decided to scale a fence at the U.S.-Mexico border. She was promptly smacked by a painful dose of reality, though, as the incident certainly did not end well for her.
The first noteworthy injury has befallen a Central American woman since a thousands-strong caravan of immigrants reached the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the migrant, however, she was not traveling with the caravan. Nevertheless, you can expect the mainstream media to use her story to demonize President Donald Trump for fortifying our porous southern border against the onslaught of unvetted illegal immigrants who have no business entering the country.
On Friday, a 26-year-old Guatemalan woman who was traveling with her two children, ages 3 and 5, decided to scale a border fence in San Diego and was promptly impaled by the rebar.
The woman climbed a fence east of the San Ysidro Port of Entry, where construction crews were putting up a new barrier to replace the old fencing. She slipped and fell, and she was impaled:
A mother who scaled the U.S.-Mexico border fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry Friday night fell and was impaled by pieces of rebar, Border Patrol said Saturday.
The 26-year-old Guatemalan woman was with her two children, ages 3 and 5, when she crossed illegally, said Border Patrol Agent Tekae Michael. She told agents she was not part of the massive migrant caravan camped out in Tijuana, Michael said.
The mother climbed the fence east of the port of entry, where construction crews have been working to replace decades-old primary fencing with a new barrier. When she fell, pieces of rebar pierced her side and buttocks.
Border Patrol arrived to render medical aid about 8:25 p.m. and requested assistance from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department. She was taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries. [Source: The San Diego Union-Tribune]
“Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls is not only dangerous, but also very foolish,” San Diego’s Chief Border Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said Saturday. “This woman placed her own life and her children’s lives in peril. She could have easily died if not for the quick response by our agents and EMS.”
Authorities said the rebar was part of the ongoing border fence construction and not related to the military’s recent mission to fortify the fence in response to the caravan. The military has primarily been stringing concertina wire across the top of the fence. It was unclear if there was concertina wire where the woman crossed.
According to City News Service, about 5,000 Central American migrants were in Tijuana as of this weekend, with many of them being housed in the Benito Juarez sports complex. Tijuana Mayor Juan Manuel Gastelum on Thursday called the caravan situation a humanitarian crisis and said the city was requesting help from the United Nation’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.
Of course, the caravan migrants were originally given the opportunity to apply for asylum in Mexico, but they refused. In fact, Mexico was overwhelmingly generous with the migrants, offering them free food, housing, education, and the opportunity to obtain gainful employment. Yet, they refused all of this, and are now camped out in Tijuana hoping to enter the United States — legally or illegally.
The immigrants aren’t interested in asylum. They want a bevy of handouts when they enter the United States. And, what will we get in return? Thousands of more people who are dependent on taxpayers with very few of them having any desire to make a real contribution to our country. This is not a burden we should be taking on, especially when there are so many American citizens in need.