Photo: Honduras to Mexico
Here at HSN we try to put a face on the undocumented border crosser that is at the heart of much of the border security debate as part of comprehensive immigration reform. Often that face is Central American, young and/or under age.
Such was the case this Tuesday when Texas Border Patrol agents rescued a woman drowning in the Rio Grande River due to extensive rainfall in the area. The rains were not the only thing hampering the woman but also the fact she was carrying her 8-month old child. The duo was trying to enter the country illegally making the dangerous track from their native Honduras, presumably through Guatemala-Mexico, to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Incredibly the mother refused medical attention and after the 1,300-mile journey, sat at the Eagle Pass North Border Patrol Station awaiting immediate deportation to Mexico. It is not known if she has the means to track back to Honduras or whether she will try to make the dangerous illegal crossing again. Or worse become a statistic joining the countless, often unidentified, Central American migrants kidnapped and killed by narco smugglers trying to make an extra buck off of the desperate.
In 2013 the Del Rio Sector, where the almost fatal incident occurred, 99 individuals were rescued from danger as they were attempting to enter the country illegally.
No one is sure if the unidentified woman knew or cared that border security is the tool to not only keep her out of the U.S. but to deter her from trying.
Desperation does not tend to be logical.