Human Smuggling in Colorado

August 23, 2012
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CBS News 4 recently brought to light the significant volume of human smuggling in Colorado. It began with a suspected human smuggler in a traffic stop on Interstate 70 and resulted in the presentation of new and somewhat surprising facts, uncovered by CBS 4 in conjunction with our Colorado State Patrol.

That particular incident, on August 8, 2012, was the third such smuggling traffic stop that day according to the State Patrol. The State Patrol then stated Interstate 25 and Interstate 70 are "used to smuggle men, women and children into Colorado and beyond," revealing that our Colorado highways are used daily for human smuggling. The State Patrol said they "catch the illegal activity once, twice and sometimes three times per day."

If one, two or three such vehicles are stopped per day in our state, then how many drive right on through unnoticed?

To consider that is a daily event, week after week, month after month, here in Middle America - Colorado - is a sobering thought. Consider, then, how many illegal aliens enter our country each day, 365 days a year. When U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) states they apprehended and deported a total of 396,906 individuals in FY 2011 we must realize that many more illegal aliens evade capture at our border (see Illegal immigration invasion numbers analysis).

The toll on our country, our infrastructure, and our limited natural resources is staggering.

Yet the resulting cost can be measured not just in dollars and resources, it is measured in a loss of lives as well. It is amazing that more illegal aliens don't die during this daily unlawful and very often abusive occurrence. There is a solution, though, one that the American people were promised twenty-six years ago.

We are still waiting.

If our borders were protected, if our current laws were enforced, there would be little monetary cost, no accruing human fatalities, no corruption within our country and there would be a significantly reduction of our unending population growth.

If America got what was promised to us under the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, we would not be seeing this continuous onslaught of human smuggling, let alone the latest Amnesty by Executive Fiat, How much longer are we willing to tolerate human abuse and taxpayer abuse, thanks to our porous borders? One would think two and half decades would be long enough to wait for much-promised enforcement.

But at the current volume of one, two or three daily human smuggler traffic stops in Colorado, we most likely will be reading yet another " Traffic Stop Turns Into Human Smuggling Investigation" headline soon enough.