Some illegal immigrants in the United States are now claiming that newspapers in Central America contain messages about the benefits of fleeing to the United States and methods for doing so.
The Daily Caller reports:
NEWSPAPERS ENCOURAGING LOCALS TO FLEE TO THE US, ILLEGAL MIGRANTS CLAIM
Central American migrants apprehended at the border claimed to have been encouraged by local newspaper advertisements that promised work opportunities and free assistance from the U.S. government.
“The whole word knows, they put it in the news. They tell us everywhere if you come to the United States, they’ll help you,” said a Honduran woman apprehended at the southern border near the Rio Grande Valley. Speaking to CBS 4 news, a local news outlet, she and her family claimed they decided to make the trek to the U.S.-Mexico border after seeing several advertisements.
Numerous ads in Central America, reportedly paid for by operatives in the human smuggling business, are promising locals jobs and free help from the U.S. if they reach the border.
“Yes, we’ve been told that, we read it on our newspapers. That’s why we’re here,” said a Guatemalan pastor who was also apprehended in the Rio Grande valley area.
Additionally, the ads are telling readers that they have a better chance of getting through law enforcement if they bring a child: “We’ve been told if you are a father you can bring your child and you will be helped here if you’re in that situation,” the pastor explained.
That is outrageous, but somehow not at all surprising. Meanwhile, Attorney General William Barr is taking steps to fix one related problem.
AG Barr Begins Fixing Court Loophole That Favors Illegal Immigrants Over Americans
Illegal aliens and asylum seekers have received more favorable treatment by the U.S. justice system than American citizens. For the first time, Trump’s U.S. Attorney General William Barr has decided to change this.
The issue is pretrial release, bond.
For regular American citizens or non-citizens tried in state and federal criminal courts, bond is a decision made by a judge who considers issues of prior criminal record, public safety, ties to the community, factors surrounding the pending accusations, and the likelihood that the accused will return to court for trial, amongst other similarly relevant matters.
For many charges, Congress and state legislatures will direct judges that a presumption against bond applies, that the accused must be held without bond, and that the accused bears the burden of proof – meaning the accused must prove to the court that he is deserving of release before the trial date. Under these rules, illegal immigrants would likely not receive bond. Neither would Americans who do not meet the qualifications for bond.
Barr is already shaping up to be a very effective attorney general.