“They come every day’: the border city’s inhabitants daily, faced a threat from the trade


BROWNSVILLE, Texas – Pamela Taylor thought she was living the American dream when she and her husband bought a two-hectare plot of land in the vicinity of the Texas border in Brownsville, seven decades ago.

You would never advance her one-story brick house, said, surrounded by bright pink bougainvillea bushes and mesquite trees, a makeshift crash pad and a hiding place for border crossers, drug smugglers and human traffickers.

“It is a way of life now,” Taylor said. “They come every day.”

Taylor, whose property is on the front lines of the border battle, says illegal immigrants have been over to your country to sneak into the United States for years. A day that reminded 90-year-old grandmother, she herself went into her living room to find a worker to try to evade capture.

“He came to my house and just sat in my rocking chair, watching the border patrol go,” she said. “It was frightening.”

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Pamela Taylor’s house in Brownsville, Texas.

Another time, a drug dealer hiding 30 pounds of marijuana under her bougainvillea bush.

Taylor is not alone. On a recent tour of the border cities in South Texas, spoke with the residents such as Taylor as well as business owners and the local law enforcement authorities about the everyday fears of the human face, how they live and work in what amounts to the disputed territory.

Many describe a deterioration of the situation, where illegal immigration is on the rise, but few do anything about it for fear of retaliation by cartels, human traffickers, and even some of the authorities.

“It’s hard to know who to trust,” said Taylor. She added that while she has a “good rapport” with the local law enforcement authorities on the ground, “There are those who sit in the office … they don’t care about us.”

Several residents language in the vicinity of the border say they feel forgotten.

“We live here, we work here and raise our children here, but every day we [border crossers, drug smugglers] and it changes nothing,” said McAllen resident of Milo, to use the asked concerns his last name for security. “I’ve seen [drugs and human trafficking] path finder in our street with the Border Patrol parked on the street. You can do nothing.”

He also said he sitting saw “SUVs in front of the house,” according to the reporting of suspicious activities.

As President-elect, Donald Trump office is preparing to take over, swore a ramp-up in the border and immigration enforcement-and the construction of a controversial US-Mexico border wall-the outgoing Obama administration has taken some measures to boost enforcement.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection in the last year, 150 more agents to police the southwestern border discontinued.

But Taylor said that her area is still used as a “funnel” for people who illegally cross the border.

Some paddling across the river, while others hide in the box and wait for your “coyote” or smuggler to pick them up. Some walk through a giant gap in the border-barrier in the vicinity of your house.

Taylor says she is calling to report always the authorities of criminal activity on your property, even if they found the marijuana stash. But she also said she worries that you will be able to put yourself and your family in danger.

In South Texas, the Mexican and South American cartels have been able to infiltrate law enforcement agencies in the United States, Several former officials of the law enforcement authorities of an anti-narcotics force in the Rio Grande valley are to be met currently been in prison, convicted for drug crime and corruption.

In 2016, Border Patrol agent Joel Luna was 2015 beheading of an undocumented Honduran immigrant charged with murder for the March. Luna, a South Texas native and military veteran, beheaded, allegedly, Palacio Paz, and left his headless body floats in the Bay. Prosecutors allege Luna was part of a cartel’s drug-trafficking conspiracy with his brothers. Luna has pleaded not guilty.

In November, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Bazen Jr, was arrested after being accused of working with a drug-trafficking organization. According to the criminal complaint Bazen said he was paid $8,000 for the fake of 2007, drug-bust, and the admission of lying about suspects at the scene.

Drug trafficking as human trafficking has skyrocketed in recent years along the border.

In fiscal year 2016, nearly 1.3 million pounds of marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine to produce border, the U.S. Border Patrol were seized along the southwest.

Cameron County Sheriff’s Office Lieutenant Robert Rodriguez said the cartels are constantly inventing new ways to smuggle drugs into the United States

“The tactics change all the time,” he said, adding that the drug runners are now swimming the use of large makeshift rafts trucks, fully loaded with drugs across the Rio Grande. “You seem to be always one step ahead.”

For residents along the border, some of you sold the property and moved. For Taylor, this is not an option.

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Water-cooler outside Pamela Taylor’s house.

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“Why should I move? I’ve done nothing wrong,” she said.

Instead, they had to lock their doors, but food and water “for anyone who needs them.”

“I always ask” Are you hungry?”, she said. “I’m going to feed them, but you know, I’m going to call Border Patrol.”

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