What It’s Really Like At The US-Mexico Border

What It’s Really Like At The US-Mexico Border


I would say there’s three
crises occurring right now. There’s an operational crisis, there’s a humanitarian crisis, and there’s a policy crisis. If you look at the numbers from March, there was over 100,000 people
that came across the borders. Roughly 53,000 of those
individuals were family units, and 39,000 were children. So it’s truly unprecedented the numbers that we’re seeing come across. Narrator: The United States Border Patrol has long been under
scrutiny due to allegations of mistreatment toward
migrants at the border. We spent a day at the US-Mexico border with the Border Patrol,
and this is what we saw. Tessa: So this is one of the boundaries, like, this building is in Mexico. Man: OK. Narrator: On a hot Saturday
afternoon in April, US Border Patrol agent Tessa Reyes gave us a tour of the border in El Paso and the surrounding area where
immigrants seeking asylum turned themselves in
to Border Patrol agents posted at the crossing sites. So right now we’re on the border, kind of in the tristate area. We’ve got New Mexico right here, we’ve got Texas right
here, and then we have right behind us is Mexico. There’s no fence out here.
There’s no barriers of any kind. And you guys will see. We’ve
had a lot of crossings. This is a very, very busy area. This is one of the areas where we’re, we’re having a lot of trouble keeping up with the demand. So this is Mexico, and we have the municipal police. Every now and then, you know, they’ll kinda help us out or whatever. But for the most part, we stay over here, and they stay over there. Interviewer: So who are these folks over here under the trees? Tessa: Uh, these look like a group either waiting to cross,
or they might be waiting for another part of their group. They might be waiting for more people to come. So that’s why we have this agent out here. He’s kinda just waiting. We usually try to have
one here at all times just because it is such a busy area and, you know, you never
know what’s gonna happen. So he’s kind of just reactive
to whatever’s going on, and he can call for transport if the group does come or when they come across. Kids are especially a vulnerable group, and we try our darnedest to process them and get them where they need to be. We’re trying to keep everyone together. No separations, you know, obviously, kids are the
priority and women as well. We’re just trying to expedite
the process a little more because we’re overrun. Interviewer: How stretched
is Border Patrol right now in terms of the volume
that you guys are seeing? The El Paso Sector is probably stretched more than it’s ever been
in easily the last… I mean, I’ve been here 10
years, and I’ve never seen this. Roughly 40% of the agents’ times are spent on duties other than their
law-enforcement mission, what they signed up to do. Processing, transporting people to the Border Patrol stations or to the hospitals. Lots of compassion that is
occurring along the border, especially with the Border Patrol agents, but that is not why they signed up to be Border Patrol agents. Narrator: Due to the volume of crossings, the Department of Homeland
Security shut down all six federal-inspection stations in the El Paso Sector. Normally, all vehicles would be required to pull into checkpoints like this one. I always thought that the checkpoints we’re kind of untouchable,
and the fact that we can’t afford to man these is just really just insane. It’s really just overwhelmed us. There’s far less agents
that are on the line that are doing actual enforcement. Actually, we can go through here. Oh, here we got some guys. So you had a group of 23,
and then they took ’em, and this is what’s left? Man: Yeah. Tessa: OK, 10-four. All right then, man, we
just wanted to check, see if you’re OK. Yeah, no, I’m good. OK.
Just waiting for transport. All right. All right, take it easy. All right. As you can see, there’s mostly children. We have an infant. So that’s another layer of the care that we have to go through. You know, diapers, formula,
all that kind of stuff. They’re each gonna get
medically screened and, uh, hopefully go through the
process as soon as possible. Um, this is one of the areas that they turn themselves in a lot to. Yo. What’s going on? He’s directing them to keep going that way ’cause we have another
agent I guess over there. Interviewer: What’d they say? These guys are from
Honduras, or Guatemala, and then they’re from El Salvador. Interviewer: So what’s
gonna happen to these folks? So now these, they’re gonna
be taken to processing, which is not very far. They enter through right here. It’s the end of the fence. There’s a break in the fence right here, and they can just walk up, and there’s always an agent here. Two of ’em have a bit of a cough, so everyone’s gonna need to be screened, and then we try as quickly as we can to process for asylum. When they get the bus out here, they’ll take ’em to one
of our processing centers, more than likely PDT, which is right here. So this is a good area for them to come because processing is right here, you know? Narrator: This is as close
as we were able to get to the processing center. Border Patrol would not
allow us to film inside. At the end of last year,
we had two children that died in our custody, and so I would say the No. 1 thing that keeps me up at night is to ensure that another child does not die in our custody. I have seen more compassion
from the US Border Patrol, the men and women of the Border Patrol, than I have seen in any other job that I have had the
privilege of occupying. It’s just the huge influx of people that are coming across. Very difficult for the
Border Patrol to deal with. Narrator: The day after
this interview was taped, a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy
died in a Texas hospital. After initially being
detained by the Border Patrol, the boy was transferred to the custody of a government-contracted shelter before being sent to a
hospital in Brownsville where he died due to what the Guatemalan Ministry of
Foreign Affairs described as a severe infection in the frontal lobe, becoming the third child
since December 2018 to die after being detained.

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100 Comments

  1. These people are supremacist they come to our border violently making demands that we allow them to enter they are economic opportunist and supremacist the believe they are better than everybody waiting in line patiently that can self support

  2. Why in the hell don't they tell them to go back. Or make them go back. This is plain stupid. No wonder we are being over run

  3. The damn democrats going to south America encouraging people to bri g there family's to America promising asylum to make this mess to make it look like Trump did it to try to sway the votes man the democrats are terrorists and shoild be put in prison

  4. j'sais pas a El Paso, mais j'ai déjà été a Tijuana une fois, se qui me fait rire dans cette situation s'est que les Mexicains passent leurs temps a chier sur la tête des Américains et vice versa, mais les Mexicains passent leurs temps a vouloir aller du côté US pour amélioré leurs condition de vie et aiment beaucoup l'argent US et les Américains passent leurs temps a aller du côté Mexicains parce que tout est cheap price et beaucoup de chose a Tijuana sont pas nécessairement légal mais toléré comme la prostitution, les médicaments et la drogue en plus de l'âge légal du côté Mexicains qui est 18 ans au lieu de 21 au USA, pis encore 18 ans s'est très relatif au Mexique.

  5. So many people saying they should put machine guns or a minefield on the border… Guess now i know why there's so many school shooters in America.

  6. I never understood how so many illegal immigrants from mexico come to the u.s instead of trying to make there own country better. Also parents of children crossing the border know damn well if they get caught they are gonna get seperated from there children so who’s fault is it. Its not the u.s fault that they come over here illegally.

  7. Geez. Mexicans used their kids just to let in the USA. Why they can't understand that there is a legal process. Do your own papers to make it legal and be patience. Don't use CNN who has a bias opinion about the legal immigration process. For me to be in the states I paid every cent of my savings just to make it legal. Mexico is not a war country, but these people using media just to get sympathy from others. No free ride anywhere in the world. So do your legal process for migration.

  8. I just had my friend freak out on me because she said the boarder patrol are killing children and raping women. Please tell me thats not true!! Anyone?

  9. And most are immigrants working BP. They know how dangerous undocumented mass crossings are. They’re from there. What that tells you? We need the wall

  10. America has not taken responsibility for the entire world. Every one wants to live in the U.S.A and western Europe these shithole plus they want benefit putting extra burden to the tax payers

  11. Suprised u can leave a comment here.most of the videos about the wall u can't. The only thing I gotto say is why can't we all just get along.

  12. The agents in the video seemed very nice and compassionate, I hope they stay safe! Hopefully the other agents are like them, they seem to have the patience of saints. They're enforcing the law but they really seem to care for the safety of the migrants, which I wish Congress would do as well.

  13. IM SORRY BUT JUST BECUZ U WANT A BETTER LIFE FOR YOUR FAMILY DOESNT GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO COME HERE ILLEGALY. I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN MONACO BUT I CANT. THE DEMOCRATS ARE SOO WRONG ON THIS.

  14. If they get sick on their way here or were sick I'm sorry but we can't help that. People die everyday. Some people aren't healthy. Maybe there parents shouldn't have dragged them here😳😳😳

  15. The bigger heads got no unity that's ashamed to see what's going on over there I feel really sorry for people who has to live that Way its really sad yow everyone bleeds blood why de bigger heads treat others like they bleeding different 😔😔😔😔😔God is watching down on mindkind

  16. Illegal immigrants are really stupid why they keep making kids they can't take care
    Plus these kids are suck when the come here its not the US fault
    Simple as that

  17. That’s unacceptable, if you’re gonna take theses children from their parents, the least you could do is make sure they have the best care.

  18. build a Giant Catapult, and fling them back to there own Country, the seat should big enough to seat the whole Family , we don't want to separate families ,Bong! Next Passengers, Por favor or Please, if they Habla Ingles !

  19. This is a reflection of the state of America. Pathetic in my opinion. These people in Washington are the reason this is the way it is.
    What I find most disappointing is that it's thier responsibility to rectify the problems but they are busy looking to plant the problems on everyone but themrselfs. They're distracting Americans with thier hearings and investigations.
    They think we're stupid.
    You try going to work, do nothing and expect to get paid,,,
    Just sayin…

  20. I am for immigration but this is out of control. We can’t fix our own bridges and roads and the middle class is drowning in high housing costs, taxes and high healthcare costs, there has to be a limit. It all costs money and our own citizens are struggling already. Let only the true asylum seekers stay, the people coming just for economic reasons need to wait their turn, even Obama said that.

  21. No one is illegal, we are all one race, and that is human. What it must take to leave the place you have always called home, with small children in your arms must be a desperate situation for anyone.

  22. What they don’t say. If the child was home. Would he have died? Did he come here sick? How can we be blamed when parents bring very sick children to the USA ILLEGALLY.
    Unfortunately children die here every day. No one gets upset when an American child dies. Why the difference?

  23. Yet we continue to do business with Mexico. Unfuckingbelievable. Our politicians have fucked America like Europe. Damn, in my lifetime to. Sickening.

  24. Illegal immigrants are treated better then blacks and vets. No fair. We are America. The hate white folks treat blacks. Where did all this compassion come from. Theses people have a courtry. Blacks was ripe from our land.

  25. How can they walk into America Get welfare and medicad and housing food stamps. Not good. They don't even speak English. All illegals babies and parents most go. Come back right. Maybe now the vets can get a home. Look at all the Indians and black that have been kill for America. Get theses people out

  26. They are putting there 👶 🧒 in danger if we tried to do that we’re going to jail for negligence and endangerment

  27. There’s a crisis in America with THOUSANDS OF AMERICAN CITIZENS who are being killed by illegal aliens ANNUALLY! The USA is committing human atrocities against its own citizens!! No one is helping anyone by DESTROYING AMERICA!

  28. Diapers, formula, and free Medical looks like socialism won as long as your not born in the white USA and to my fellow black Americans you'll be next

  29. What is Mexico but a thatched barn where brigands drink in the reek, and their brats roll on the floor amongst the dogs.

  30. Hispanics made up  8.5 percent of the entire federal workforce in fiscal year 2015, according to a report from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. The Department of Homeland Security, which includes the Border Patrol, had the highest percentage of Hispanic staff at 21.6 percent. Tell me you don't think this is ironic and laughable at the same time.

  31. It’s it bad enough. Entitled foreigners with the right to breach our borders then get rewarded. Our crooked politicians have caused this problem and they need to be held accountable. It’s not about poor immigrants, it’s about money. Who’s benefiting from special visas and border breachers? Not the US taxpayers and certainly not its citizens.

  32. Most people don't understand the dynamics of living on the border. I grew up in McAllen, Tx. and have seen the good, the bad, and the ugly. Honestly, I'm pro immigration reform, but also pro wall. There's too much "the bad, and the ugly" to keep parts of the border open and easily crossable, not only for the immigrants, but for the Americans that are enforcing the law there. It really did touch my heart seeing how much compassion the border patrol have on immigrants, and it makes be proud to be human. Securing national borders is a topic that every country deals with, and obviously becomes complicated when theres such stark differences of neighboring countries. I hope and pray we can figure out how to reform immigration so that more people can come here for better opportunities, but also, I hope and pray that other countries are doing what they can to better the life of their own people.

  33. Mexico needs to take Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador,and have just one big country, and make it great,just a joke, but wish it was possible

  34. imagine ruining your country then coming to another and claiming you are this country future. Wew… nerves and ignorance of shit-skins is amazing.

  35. End illegal crossing! Build the wall! Do we really want to support all these children? As a parent we only have small families, we cannot afford to have more then1-2 children! Who pay for your diapers , food, medical! US is not a daycare center! They need to take care of their own! I’m sure Mexico doesn’t buy them diapers, fomula, etc.. enough, enough!

  36. We have millions of American children dying because their parents cannot afford medical care! What about those children? Problem is this is the parents crime for allowing their children to cross our border, this is their parent fa7l5! If American treated their children this way, deprive them of care, protection, etc, we 2ould be in jail.

  37. Problem is if they come through, each family will have 5-9 kids because Mexicans like having a lot of kids for some reason, so yeah

  38. The world needs law order and balance Justice for all humanity. Prayers for the president of the United States.Amen:

  39. The U.S. should negotiate a deal to cede the southwest back to Mexico and then worry about strengthening the border after that. Demographically it's basically Mexico anyway. Then the Mexicans already living there would be repatriated as Mexican citizens. Cut your losses and move on.

  40. They got to stop them using kids that are not theirs bringing them back to the border to cross after they just got dropped off from being deported back

  41. And we need to stop letting mexican's run our border patrol. They are only in it to help the illegals.

  42. If you’re coming to breach our borders you and your family should be immediately deported. The asylum claims are a scam to get physically across the border where they are rewarded for trying to cross the border. If they bring children it’s a jackpot. Unless DNA, fingerprinting, and thorough background checks are done at taxpayer expense, you don’t know who these people are or if they’re related. Their undocumented.

  43. This is Ridiculous, and Anyone who says this Isn’t an Invasion is a Moron smh We can’t accommodate all these damn people and for all the politicians who are giving Trump shit for trying to keep these people out should be Slapped Seriously what would they do differently and how would they keep this situation under control, like the officer said Oh we have to do medical screens and provide food, diapers, a place for all these damn immigrants to stay smh We shouldn’t have to provide for them they Aren’t Americans let their own damn government do it!

  44. N as for the children who died in our custody How is that our fault these kids send Weeks sometimes more in the damn dessert and get sick but because they died shortly after arriving that’s Our fault smh Bullshit!

  45. Oh yeah
    At least half of them
    are sent there by
    human smugglers.
    (I don't dedicated to
    people who really are
    in trouble.)

    Its a kinda business with
    a lucrative income,human
    smuggling!
    Many asians from china
    pakistan, bangladesh,
    india and some others
    have been sneaking
    through that border for
    decades.
    But its funny i've never
    seen that news reported
    on MSM.
    Weirdos!

  46. I think they were long aware of what they gonna face at the border…. Thats their fault not the usa govt…..and they should have applied at the country threy first arrived for assylum…..

  47. Go home Mexicans none of us want you here. Stop doing this to yourselves. Literally no one in America wants you here.

  48. Americans used to say : we are champions of justice, democracy, and human rights… Really ? Then they must give back the mexican lands !! The lands that u.s. stole to mexico !!

  49. Give back to mexico their lands !!! Texas, california, nuevo mexico, arizona !! Give back mexican lands !! You burglars !!

  50. United states : true evil, bloody, brutal, genocide, invader, burglar, murderer, sadic, mercyless, remorseless empire !!!!!

  51. Most of these people aren’t even Mexican. But we always take the blame for non Mexican citizens coming to the US. Mexican people in Mexico tend to be more educated and economics of Mexico has improved since the fall of the Peso in 1990. I believe my country needs to stop these people in the southern border because they’re freeloaders unlike us who work our asses of for shit.

  52. I understand that poverty is bad but why poor people create more poverty by having children. They should only have one child and try to make that child skilled in some occupation so they can come out of poverty.

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