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MSNBC Was Reporting On the Border Wall Prototypes In San Diego When They Caught Migrants Crossing The Border

“What happened? People are crossing.”

MSNBC’s Jacob Soboroff was in Tijuana, Mexico, and San Diego this week reporting on the border wall prototypes. The Trump administration chose six companies to design and construct mini walls as an audition to win lucrative contracts to build the president’s “big, beautiful” wall. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) claims that prototypes are being built so they can “evaluate what they need,” according to ABC News.

While Soboroff was speaking with a CBP agent, a group of people climbed over the current border fence and surrendered to CBP once on the U.S. side. Soboroff asked the CBP agent to explain what had just happened.

“This is the reality of every day border enforcement. The United States is still the draw, the ultimate draw, for people that have dire situations where they’re at,” the agent explains. “We’re going to continue to witness this. It plays out on a regular basis for us.”

A new border wall was a central part of Trump’s presidential campaign. Not only did he promise a wall that would span the entire southern border of the U.S., he also insisted he’d make Mexico pay for it. However, both of those assurances have become less and less likely since he has taken office.

First, leaked transcripts of Trump’s first phone call with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto revealed that Trump conceded that Mexico would not pay for the wall. However, Trump pleaded with Peña Nieto, asking him not to tell the press about the concession so he could save face.

Second, Congress is not thrilled about approving a budget of more than $21 billion to construct the border wall, with many journalists, political commentators, a majority of Americans and others suggesting that the U.S. should be more concerned with updating the infrastructure in the U.S. instead.

Third, the second largest city in the country, Los Angeles, is looking for ways to legally penalize companies that choose to contribute to the border wall. Some of the things discussed by the Los Angeles City Council range from how companies bidding for city contracts can be scored according to their involvement with the border wall, to flat out denying contracts to border wall participants.

Looks like the “big, beautiful” wall is up against some serious challenges despite all the prototypes that have been erected.


READ: Kat Von D Is Using Her Immigration Story To Take A Stand Against Trump’s Border Wall

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Border Patrol Waited In The Hospital While This Undocumented Child With Cerebral Palsy Was Having Surgery So They Could Detain Her

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Border Patrol Waited In The Hospital While This Undocumented Child With Cerebral Palsy Was Having Surgery So They Could Detain Her

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Rosamaria Hernandez is a 10-year-old undocumented immigrant living in Texas. Early Tuesday morning, Hernandez was being transported from her hometown in Laredo, Texas to Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi for emergency gallbladder surgery, according to The New York Times. Despite not crossing the U.S.-Mexico border, the ambulance transporting Hernandez had to go through a border checkpoint. Border Patrol agents allowed the ambulance to continue to the hospital but followed the ambulance to Corpus Christi. Hernandez was detained by the Border Patrol on Wednesday evening, according to The New York Times.

According to a petition on DreamActivist.Org, Border Patrol agents waited in the hospital for Hernandez to recover enough from surgery to be detained. Hernandez, who was brought to Texas when she was 3 months old, is being held in San Antonio. Hernandez’s mother told The New York Times that they came to the U.S. to get her daughter better treatment for her cerebral palsy. Hernandez, whose parents remain in Laredo, is being detained more than 150 miles away from her parents.

Aurora Cantu, Hernandez’s cousin, was riding in the ambulance with the 10-year-old. Cantu told The New York Times that Border Patrol agents tried relentlessly to convince her family to sign a voluntary departure form. The family refused. Immigration officials decided to wait for Hernandez to recover so she could be detained.

“I understand that C.B.P. has a tremendous duty to protect our nation,” Representative Henry Cuellar, who represents Laredo, said in a statement, reported The New York Times. “We should be devoting our resources and focus on bigger threats.”

This is not the first time undocumented families have had issues accessing this children’s hospital. Last month, two undocumented parents were transporting their child from Harlingen, Texas to the same hospital in Corpus Christi for life-saving surgery. Border Patrol officials followed the family to the hospital and detained the parents in Corpus Christi while the child, who is a U.S. citizen, awaited surgery.

Read the full story on The New York Times by clicking here.

(H/T: The New York Times)


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