What price freedom. For the true migrants coming to America, the ones who really are trying to come in, it can be a painful and bloody experience. That is the lesson one Guatemalan woman learned when she tried to scale the border fence in front of her two small children, fell and impaled herself rebar.
The 26-year-old Guatemalan native was trying to scale a fence near the San Ysidro Port of Entry, a crossing between San Diego and Tijuana, on Friday when she fell and impaled herself on pieces of rebar, according to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol officials.
San Diego Sector Border Patrol agents said in a statement they found the woman and her two toddlers around 8:30 p.m. and transported her to a local hospital for treatment. Her injuries weren’t life threatening.
“The woman landed on rebar that pierced her side and buttocks,” according to the statement.
The children, ages 3 and 5, also were taken to a local hospital for an evaluation. They were later released into Border Patrol custody.
“Entering our country illegally, particularly over our walls, is not only dangerous, but also very foolish,” San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott said in the statement. “This woman placed her own life and her children’s lives in peril.”
The rebar is part of ongoing work to replace decades-old fencing at the border, according to the statement.
While this woman is not part of the migrant caravan seeking to invade at the southern border, she is an example of the desperation some individuals have when they approach the United States and are denied entry. They will try to get in by any means necessary, including endangering their lives. This is very sad to see.
Perhaps if the countries of these people’s origin would make an effort to find a way to make life livable there, such incidents would not occur.