A couple of interesting things have happened over the last few weeks regarding the ever-worsening crisis at our southern border. Beyond the mass invasion currently flooding our border, a continual caravan from Central and South America, increasingly consisting of children whether accompanied by an adult or otherwise, have caused the situation to worsen to a breaking point that not even the New York Times can continue to ignore.

Overflow detention centers raised in parking lots, mandatory pregnancy tests for all girls over 10 years of age, DNA testing kits for adults traveling with children and law enforcement budgets that look to be tapped out before the fiscal year is barely halfway done are just some of the issues that the Customs and Border Patrol finds itself dealing with.

This doesn’t even begin to cover the hidden issues that can’t be handled while the Border Patrol spends its time providing daycare for unaccompanied minors and delivering medical services to a population that is fleeing impoverished nations which cannot provide even basic medical care to its citizens.

The drug cartels certainly take advantage of our overburdened system, dispatching smugglers in conjunction with group border crossings so that Border Patrol officers are busy dealing with humanitarian issues as criminal activities continue unabated miles away.

At the Yuma Sector, Customs and Border Enforcement, Arizona reported Monday apprehending over 1,500 illegal aliens over three days, with 700 apprehended just that day. The Yuma detention facilities have a capacity to house 400 people. Over the same weekend, the Port of San Luis seized $1.2 million worth of fentanyl, heroin and cocaine in three separate busts.

That is just one of nine border sectors on our border. And just three days over a calendar that sees apprehension totals increasing exponentially every month.

The system has long passed from bursting at the seams. The temporary facilities hastily erected months ago to deal with the first waves of migrants are now full, too. There is no more capacity, leaving Border Patrol agents with zero options. Catch and release is the order of the day, with most illegals being released into the country after 48 hours.

Over in the Texas sectors, Border Patrol agents working the Rio Grande boat patrols spend much of their day rescuing migrants trying to enter the country by crossing the river. Sometimes these crossings end in tragedy. Last week a raft carrying nine migrants capsized, and a 3-year-old child was swept away to his death. Just two days later, agents in Laredo, Texas seized $3 million in methamphetamine, the second large seizure agents found over the weekend.

Sadly, every border sector has its stories and tragedies.

Recent news reports from the border catalog a terrifying new trend for our border agents. That of “renting” children from families to provide easier access into the country and avoid detention. Homeland Security (DHS) reported that of the 101 family units interviewed since mid-April, 29 were found to be fraudulent. In the six months leading up to mid-April, Border Patrol identified over 3,000 fraudulent family unit claims. It has gotten to be such a problem that DHS has recently introduced a pilot program to DNA test family units to confirm they are indeed related. Results of those tests are available within two hours. Other frauds on the rise include the use of fake birth certificates used by adults to present themselves as minors.

Once again, the good intentions of American immigration and asylum laws lead to far-reaching consequences.

In the media, every story is framed to a narrative that inflicts maximum damage upon the White House. Suddenly, there is a crisis worth reporting, and everything is President Trump’s fault. See, there is no problem with the masses of humanity crossing illegally into our country. No, the real problem is we are not taking care of people well enough once they arrive on American soil, or so the narrative goes.

I foresee no unintended consequences with the “let everyone in, and we will pay for everyone” stance. It’s completely a non-starter as a negotiating position or policy stance.

Tom Freidman, columnist for the New York Times, traveled to the southern border and saw first-hand the reality that people living in border regions must deal with every day. That reality is worlds away from daily life for the Pulitzer Prize writer living in New York City. Freidman’s turn in opinion made somewhat of a splash, diverging as it does from the calls of the liberal base for open borders, though his reasoning illustrates the elite worldview that pervades the ruling class of the United States. He told Wolf Blitzer on CNN, “I think you have to control the border. When you have an increase in in illegal entries of 374 percent since October, obviously we have a situation where the border security is not sufficient, and that’s going to drive people who we should want to be pro-immigration against immigration. Democrats have been willing to fund more border security, I’m for a big wall, with a big gate, a compassionate, a “smart” gate so we can keep immigration going. But you’re not going to do that [Wolf] if people think people can just walk into the country. They aren’t going to support the immigration that we need.”

The globalization of America’s economy is dependent on the migration of low-wage labor, be it physical or professional. Big Tech demands low-wage workers, Big Ag wants bodies for the “jobs Americans refuse to do” and for corporate America the only master is the bottom line - not American excellence. All refuse to even entertain options that could benefit both their profits and American workers.

And no one wants to turn newly-naturalized citizens into “anti-immigration” voters.

The editorial board of the New York Times somewhat agreed, with calls for increased funding for the humanitarian crisis in a last Sunday’s editorial. But not one penny for the wall.

Of course.

Why pay for the one thing that could help contain this crisis?

Instead, we get calls for never-ending funding to benefit those who flaunt their illegality and thumb their nose at people who play by the rules. In turn, more migrate after seeing their neighbor’s success....causing more chaos at the borders, necessitating more funding and government administration. Imagine playing the last six months on a loop, escalating higher and higher in number each time around.

It is a recipe for self-inflicted, fully avoidable national genocide.

If we aren’t prepared to defend our border as ardently as we would those of a NATO allies, then the conversation is finished and our country will not stand.

Staff columnist Toni Butero can be reached at tbutero@mattosnews.com or by calling (209) 862-2222.