Curious why the new term “human trafficking” is often paired with “illegal immigration” in the news I started digging around and was surprised with my findings. If what I’ve read is correct it may be another slithery piece of legislation no one is talking about – except the illegals.
In a world of political correctness where “illegal alien” has been replaced with “undocumented immigrant”; “Manmade disaster” replaces “terrorism”; has “smuggling” been replaced with “trafficking?”
Why are news reports escalating about Mexican nationals involved in human trafficking? After all, living close to the border I’ve heard of human smuggling for years when the police catch illegals.
Why the change in phrase from “smuggling” to “trafficking”?
Imagine a group of people crossing the US border illegally with the assistance of a “coyote” (person paid to smuggle illegal immigrants across the border). Friends, family and organizations often assist settling the immigrant into his new life once across the border.
Now imagine the same group of individuals crossing into the US and gathering inside a residence. Once securely inside a residence, shoes are removed and an “anonymous” phone call is made to “tip” authorities that the address is harboring “victims” of human trafficking, frequently with claims of beatings and ransoms. When the authorities raid the residence the “victims” are rescued and the “coyote” is long gone.
The difference between how an illegal is officially listed as entering this country may be the difference between being shipped back where they came from or given all the perks of a “victim” in his new home.
Is the first scenario considered human smuggling while the latter is cited human trafficking?
By definition, a smuggler will facilitate illegal entry into a country for a fee, but on arrival at their destination, the smuggled person is usually free. Trafficking involves a process of using physical force, fraud or deception to obtain and transport people.
An illegal discovered in this country from human smuggling will be arrested and deported.
An illegal discovered in this country as a “victim” of human trafficking receives United States emergency services including shelter, case management, interpretation services, medical care, dental care, crisis counseling, legal/immigration assistance, criminal justice system advocacy, job training and transportation under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). In addition, a T Visa may be available for the “victim” and qualifying family members.
The “T” visa is a nonimmigrant classification for people who are victims of a severe form of human trafficking. The “U” visa status is a nonimmigrant classification for victims of certain crimes who are willing to assist government officials in the investigation of the criminal activity. On 12/8/2008, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced an interim final rule that allowed “T” and “U” nonimmigrants to adjust their status and become lawful permanent residents.
Certain qualifying family members are eligible for a derivative T visa. If primary T visa holder is under 21 years of age then he may apply for a derivative T visa on behalf of the spouse, children, parents and unmarried siblings under age 18. If primary T visa holder is over 21 years of age then he may apply on behalf of his spouse and children.
Have the illegals found a loophole in our legal system simply by taking off their shoes, placing an anonymous phone call and creating a story?
Illegal immigrations details:
Some believe as many as 20 million illegal immigrants are in the United States. With news of “Immigration Reform” coming from Washington “undocumented immigrants” are flooding across the border in hopes of becoming American citizens.
Repeated attempts to enter this country are so frequent that the US government has reportedly spent over $51M in past years flying illegal aliens farther into Mexico’s interior in an attempt to reduce ease of re-crossing the border.
“…crossing the border is not a crime per se. It is civil.” – 4/19/2009 Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (former Gov. of AZ).
Human rights activists have placed water on the US side of the border to aid illegals.
A cell phone application, coined the Transborder Immigrant Tool has been developed by a professor at U.C. San Diego. Working like a GPS system in a car, it helps guide illegal immigrants across the U.S.-Mexico border.
The Homeland Security Department has stated that it’s $2 billion virtual border fence has been a “complete failure,” and is trying to figure out how to proceed.
When we think of a fence along the border we perceive a fence something akin to the Great Wall of China refusing penetration. In reality, the fence – where there is one — is ten feet tall and made of mesh material. I found an informative YouTube video explaining how the government calculates border “fencing” — I learned more about our border “war” in these few minutes than I have from combined media coverage.
Arizona is the busiest border crossing point for illegals. On late friday of 4/23/2010 — a cool 70 degree day by Arizona standards — the Governor of Arizona signed into law Senate Bill 1070 — the toughest measure against illegal immigration in the country. The new law would ramp up law enforcement by allowing the police to request, upon reasonable suspicion of anyone being in the country illegally to produce “an alien registration document,” such as a green card, or be charged with a Class 1 misdemeanor and pay a minimum $500 fine. It would be a state crime to be in the country illegally and bar what is called “sanctuary city” policies.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer declared upon signing the bill into law “decades of federal inaction and misguided policies” have created “a dangerous and unacceptable situation.”
Obama called the Arizona Senate bill 1070 “misguided” and instructed the Justice Department to examine it to see if it’s legal.
According to the press the country is outraged.
According to Rassmussen Reports 70% of Arizona voters favor the new law.
According to the SEIU (Service Employees International Union) website “Hundreds of Arizona voters, youth, and community activists are pushing for Governor Jan Brewer to veto the bill.”
School kids texted each other and ditched school to enjoy the beautiful weather outside to participate in the demonstration outside the state capital. As in the past, school administrators are not discouraging the juveniles from their right to free speech.
I ran across this old, yet interesting YouTube video and it saddened me.