The real crime along the U.S. border

I saw a video of criminals from the Border Patrol destroying water supply and other humanitarian assistance left along desert trails, to assist those crossing the desert and give them a little chance of surviving. Thousands of men, women, and children die each year attempting this passage. These officers are seen smiling, proud of their destruction, hoping some people will die of thirst or sun stroke. This is inhumane, cruel, and has no other intent than to kill.

I can almost hear the hatred expressing itself with the usual, “they are just doing their job”, “they need to deter illegals”, and “they are not doing anything wrong because the illegals are criminals breaking the law”…

Such apologist statements for the cruel abuse against human beings does not stand to the light of reason, because:

1- This is not part of their job, and BP has asked the public to report these officers putting people in danger. Their job is to apprehend and assist people in danger, not to put them in mortal danger.

2- Destroying the efforts of No More Death is not a deterrent. Immigrants will continue to cross knowing there is danger of death. And no, knowing they can die does not justify depriving them of water.

3- Being in this country without papers is not a criminal offense. It is a violation of the law. What’s the difference? The same difference between a crime like larceny and a traffic violation. One is a criminal offense, the other just a violation. In the case of undocumented immigrants, the violation is punishable by deportation at worst. It’s never treated as a crime, because it has never been a criminal violation.


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