S. border authorities claim that some illegal immigrants are trying to buy children so they could cross the border.
Mexican authorities have come forward to affirm that illegal immigrants in Tijuana are targeting single mothers in shelters and suggesting they sell their young children.
According to the Seattle Times, the Tijuana law enforcement authorities are “warning migrant mothers to keep their children close by and supervised, after reports of men offering to purchase migrant children in order to cross.”
The Seattle Times quoted one woman confessing, “I can’t go to work because I can’t take my eyes off my boys,” adding that men have offered around $350 for the children at the Iglesia Embajadores de Jesus shelter in Tijuana.
“They want to rob our kids so they can cross into the United States,” she concluded.
Pastor Gustavo Banda, the one supervising the shelter, said: “These are cases of desperation. Of course, the women have not accepted any of these offers, but clearly this is a huge concern because of the danger to the children.”
Kirstjen Nielsen who served as Homeland Security Secretary in 2018 was slammed for acknowledging the issue. She said to the National Sheriff’s Association: “From October 2017 to this February, DHS saw a staggering 315 percent increase in illegal aliens fraudulently using children to pose as family units to gain entry into the country, compared to the previous year.”
The New York Times admitted, “The numbers Ms. Nielsen cites are correct. Katie Waldman, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, told The New York Times that there were 46 cases of fraudulent family claims in the 2017 fiscal year, which began in October 2016 and ended in September 2017.
“In just the first five months of the 2018 fiscal year, there were 191 cases — a 315 percent increase.”
However, the Times said: “But those instances of family fraud are a tiny fraction of the total number of families apprehended at the southwestern border: 0.06 percent of nearly 76,000 families in the 2017 fiscal year and 0.6 percent of 31,000 families apprehended in the first five months of the 2018 fiscal year.”
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