Ranchers Round Up Illegals Who Skirt Checkpoint

DAILYSIGNAL — FALFURRIAS, Texas – Far from the crisis along the border with Mexico in the Rio Grande Valley, the checkpoint here exists to deter those who made it this far but want to get away. To an American — let’s say a young white man– the three-lane checkpoint some 70 miles from the border seems far from threatening. A Border Patrol agent asks if you’re a U.S. citizen. Answer correctly, and he lets you through. But for illegal immigrants who want to elude capture, the Falfurrias checkpoint, with drug-sniffing dogs looming, is the likely end of the journey. So the migrants do what it takes to avoid it. The news is filled these days with accounts of unaccompanied children from Central America, or mothers with children, who willingly surrender to the Border Patrol. It’s the trend that has overwhelmed the government’s resources. Illegal immigrants trying to sneak into America, however, take a more traditional route. [Read More]