(National Sentinel)Â Fake News: There are many reasons why there’s currently a “migrant child crisis” at the U.S.-Mexico border, andÂ none of those reasons have anything to do with “crisis.” What’s happening today isÂ no different than what has been happening along the U.S. borderÂ for years.
We’re only hearing that it’s a “crisis” now becauseÂ CNN and the rest of the Pravda media have to change the subject to divert people’s attention away from POTUS Trump’s successes — massive job growth, record-low unemployment, most optimism in years — and Democratic failures — the damning DoJ IG report, Obama’s dismal record, Deep State corruption.
When you know that the establishment media’s No. 1 objective each and every day is to try to separate the president from his legions of supporters, it’s easy to see what’s going on here.
There is no “crisis” at the border.Â At least, nothing that’s aÂ new crisis — and that comes from a rank-and-file Border Patrol agent who works along the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas every day.
CNN‘s Brooke Baldwin had Chris Cabrera, a Border Patrol agent and spokesman for the National Border Patrol Council, on her program Tuesday in a shameless attempt to get him to concede to her Left-wing viewpoints regarding POTUS Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy for illegal border crossings: Everyone who does so breaks the law and will be dealt with accordingly. That necessarily requires separation from any children that adult migrant brings with him or her.
That’s theÂ law.Â But it’s not a law that POTUS Trump signed; it’s a hand he was dealt. And the Pravda media is purposely inflaming the situation to take attention away from POTUS Trump’s accomplishments and Obama’s corruption.
BALDWIN: Listen, I know youâ€™re a father. I know youâ€™re a father of four.
I know this is hard for you too. But when you hear that audio where one of these agents refers to the cries of children, he says (SPEAKING SPANISH) right? â€œWe have an orchestra.â€
What did you think?
CABRERA: Actually, this is the first Iâ€™m hearing.
I mean, I try and distance myself a lot of â€” from a lot of this. I think the real issue we need to get at here is, we need to solve this problem.
BALDWIN: But, Chris, hang on, hang on. I canâ€™t let you off the hook. Hang on.
But if that is â€” that is the audio, even if youâ€™re hearing it for the first time, and you hear this Border Patrol hearing saying â€” speaking about the cries of children, saying, â€œWe have an orchestra,â€ and then the next one says, â€œWell, all we need is a conductor,â€ I need to have you respond to that.
CABRERA: Well, I mean, itâ€™s probably â€” you know, like I said, I wasnâ€™t there. I donâ€™t know.
And, you know, itâ€™s â€” theyâ€™re probably just making light of a bad situation. It is what it is, you know? You canâ€™t change that.
BALDWIN: Hang on, hang on, hang on. (CROSSTALK)
CABRERA: You canâ€™t change the fact that that is what it is.
BALDWIN: But, Chris â€” but making light of a bad situation, why should you ever make light of these children being ripped from their parents, period?
CABRERA: Well, you know, look at it this way.
I understand where youâ€™re coming from. I donâ€™t think everybody understands whatâ€™s actually happening down here. You have a lot of these kids that are coming down here and put through terrible, terrible situations by their parents.
Theyâ€™re brought over in extremely dangerous conditions and in extremely dangerous terrain. And all this can be avoided if they just go through the port of entry. There would be no crime committed by them and they wouldnâ€™t get separated.
Why donâ€™t they do this is beyond me. But this problem is very easily solved, at least on the short-term basis, by going through the port of entry. If they choose to go through the river, theyâ€™re committing a crime. Just like anyone else, theyâ€™re subject to arrest.
And we all know, when you get arrested, you donâ€™t get to stay with your family. Itâ€™s just the sad reality of life.
BALDWIN: So, a couple of things.
And I think youâ€™re right to point out the port of entry â€” I think thereâ€™s so much being thrown at people who donâ€™t know as much about immigration certainly as you do as a Border Patrol agent, right?
But there a couple of ways to come into this country. If you are an undocumented immigrant and you are in the Rio Grande River and you come out on the other side, that is illegal, right? If you are coming across from theâ€¦
CABRERA: Even if youâ€™re a U.S. citizen and you do that, itâ€™s illegal.
BALDWIN: Itâ€™s illegal. Itâ€™s illegal.
If youâ€™re coming across the â€” letâ€™s say the Matamoros, Mexico, bridge on over to Texas at â€” across that bridge at that port of entry and youâ€™re seeking asylum, that is legal. I know you have to be inspected and the process needs to be â€” needs to happen to be appropriate.
But the problem is, even in some of those cases, those families â€” I talked to an NPR reporter yesterday â€” some of those families are being turned away. And itâ€™s not just a day delay. Itâ€™s an indefinite delay.
CABRERA: Well, and therein lies the problem.
We have had this situation going on for four years now. And for some reason, we havenâ€™t fixed it. I donâ€™t think you can necessarily blame it on one administration or the other. It started under one, and itâ€™s continuing under â€” under another. It hasnâ€™t â€” it hasnâ€™t been fixed and it needs to be fixed.
Right now, we have this beacon of we will leave the light on for you, you come across illegally, and we will let you into the country. And if you guys have seen some of the stuff that we have seen down here, you would understand just how important it is to have a tough stance, to divert people from coming here.
When you see a 12-year-old girl with a Plan B pill or with their â€” their parents put her on birth control because they know that getting violated as part of a journey, thatâ€™s just a terrible way to live.
CABRERA: When you see a 4-year-old girl traveling completely alone with just her parentsâ€™ phone number written across her shirt, I mean, come on now.
Something needs to be done. We had a 9-year-old boy last year have a heatstroke and die in front of us with no family around. And thatâ€™s because weâ€™re allowing people to continue to take advantage of this system.
And letâ€™s be honest here. If we want the law changed, then we need to do â€” thatâ€™s on Congress. Thatâ€™s on nobody else but Congress. They need to come in there. They need to get to work and they need to change this law.
Until then, us, as Border Patrol agents, we have a duty to enforce these laws. And we will continue to do it, until they change this law. And, hopefully, they will.
And just â€” let me just underscore some of what youâ€™re saying. Seeing a 9-year-old boy suffering heatstroke, seeing young girls come to you with Plan B or birth control pills because their parents provide them for them because they know the journey involve them being raped, this is what you are seeing. And I canâ€™t even begin, Chris, to put myself in your shoes.
But keeping the focus on the kids, America is outraged by what is happening. And I want you, as a Border Patrol agent, can you assure everyone watching that you and your Border Patrol colleagues are treating these children humanely?
CABRERA: I can tell you with absolute certainty that theyâ€™re being treated humanely.
Most of our agents are parents. I have seen guys â€” and I have done it myself â€” you give your last bottle of water to a kid. You will take a toy out of your car to give to one of these kids because you know the situation theyâ€™re in.
CABRERA: Agents are very sympathetic. Weâ€™re human. Weâ€™re fathers. We have families. We do a lot for the communities here, whether or not a camera is involved.
Our agents are very involved. And nobody saves more lives along the southwestern border than the U.S. Border Patrol. And I can tell you for a fact one of the worst things that you would ever have to do is have to pull the body of a young kid out of the river because they were crossing and they just didnâ€™t make it.
So, something needs to change, so we can avoid some of these tragedies that happen. Granted, having these kids in detention centers, obviously, itâ€™s not ideal.
CABRERA: But itâ€™s far better than the alternative, a lot of these kids not making it.
BALDWIN: Yes. Yes.
And I know you say ultimately itâ€™s up to you. Youâ€™re doing your job. But I know you say itâ€™s up Congress.
But, actually, it is up to President Trump. I mean, they donâ€™t have to separate these children from their parents. That is whatâ€™s different from, say, under the Obama administration vs. now.
So, Chris, just straight up, do you think the president should right now end this policy of separating families?
CABRERA: I think â€” I think youâ€™re wrong there. It is a law.
And the law needs to be enforced, regardless â€” if we donâ€™t like the law, we canâ€™t just decide which law weâ€™re goingâ€¦
BALDWIN: What is the law?
CABRERA: As far â€” if you come across that river illegally, youâ€™re subject to arrest and to prosecution. And you will get arrested and you will get prosecuted.
BALDWIN: But this is the difference, Chris.
CABRERA: If you donâ€™t like that option, then you can go through the port of entry.
BALDWIN: Listen, I absolutely hear you. And I respect that law.
CABRERA: Say again?
BALDWIN: I hear you. And I respect that law.
But there is no law on the books that says if a family comes over illegally, that the parents and the children need to be separated.
Itâ€™s a zero tolerance policy that the Trump administration put into place this spring. Thatâ€™s the difference between now and a couple years ago.
Well, and the thing is, is, not every family is getting separated. Some are. Some arenâ€™t. It depends on the circumstances, if you have a criminal history.
For instance, just a couple of days ago, we caught a guy coming across with his 5-year-old daughter. And we had to separate that family, reason being he had a criminal conviction and he was subject to prosecution. He had a criminal conviction for rape here in the United States.
So, I mean, obviously, we wouldnâ€™t want that guy walking free. But we had to separate that family.
BALDWIN: No. Sure.
CABRERA: I donâ€™t see anybody up in arms over that one.
BALDWIN: Sure. No. And I think that, yes, if youâ€™re a criminalâ€¦
BALDWIN: Go ahead. Go ahead. What happens to the little girl?
Sheâ€™s going to get â€” she got â€” she gets placed in a center, until they can find some family that they can place her with, whether itâ€™s here in the United States or back in her home country.
And another thing that we look at is we get all the time, daily, that people are claiming to be family units, and theyâ€™re not. And thatâ€™s very dangerous for these kids. If we donâ€™t find those â€” I mean, what can come of those kids once this adult doesnâ€™t have the need for this child anymore?
And I know some children are used as mules, are they not? Some children, Chris, are used â€” are used as mules. Some of this is nefarious. Itâ€™s not all just a family.
Can you still hear me?
CABRERA: Yes. You know, yes, it is. Some of these children are used like that. And itâ€™s a shame. And I think the other thing that needs to be looked at here is, we do have a lot of unaccompanied children coming over.
And the fact remains is, the parents are already here in the United States. And theyâ€™re sending for these kids. And these kids are traveling solo across two or three countries. And, when they get here, they are reunited with your â€” the families.
And, to me, that is mind-blowing, because you canâ€™t do that as a United States citizen. You canâ€™t send your 5-year-old kid to ride on top of a train through three states, and when they get there, theyâ€™re coming back to you.
You would get prosecuted. Yet when it comes to illegal families, we put on the kid gloves with them and we donâ€™t â€” we donâ€™t look out for the best interest of this child. And thatâ€™s another thing that needs to be changed.
Chris Cabrera, as a Border Patrol agent, we just havenâ€™t heard from as many of you all. And I appreciate you coming on live national TV to explain what your job is like and enforcing it, and also just what you see in being a father. I appreciate you. I appreciate your voice. Thank you.
CABRERA: All right, thank you for having me.
BALDWIN: Thank you.â€