Raft Man of the Rio Grande
by Juan Mann:
Minutemen watching?—who cares!
alien smugglers are so brazen in plying their
lucrative trade in what President Bush calls “good-hearted
people“—illegal aliens to the rest of us—that they
don`t even care if
Customs and Border Protection (CPB) inspectors or
Border Patrol agents are watching.
Meet the “Raft Man” of
the Rio Grande.
A VDARE.com reader emailed the
story of the Raft Man in response to my recent
column which described illegal aliens crossing in a
Subject: The Raft Man
Date: Sun, 8 May 2005
seems CBP cannot figure out what to do with this guy.
He crosses the Rio Grande River several times a day with
his human cargo. Some trips are just one passenger;
others are as many as three passengers. But this guy is
really smart. He will not let his raft touch the
shoreline on the U.S. side of the river.
Border Patrol agents that they are not allowed to
feet wet in the river. They must stay on dry land at
all times. So the Raft Man stops about 5-10 feet from
shore and tells his passengers to wade the rest of the
way to shore.
even lets the Border Patrol agents waiting for his
passengers know what
country the people are from. [So
that some may not be summarily
deported, see below].
Sometimes he will tell them how long before he returns
with the next load.
Raft Man has told the agents that if they do not let the
passengers wade from his raft to shore that
he will drown a few of them.
you might be asking what the
Mexican authorities are doing about this problem.
answer, of course, is nothing.
Raft Man charges an average of $100 U.S. to make the
crossing . . . a pretty lucrative business.”
So there you have it. The
Mexico-based Raft Man apparently has no fear of being
nabbed on U.S. soil. And the illegal aliens he crosses
over have no fear of apprehension.
And even if his Mexican customers
are sent back, they can always try again another day.
As readers of
my articles already know, non-Mexican
illegal aliens most likely
will be briefly
detained and RELEASED from an Immigration and
Customs Enforcement (ICE)
detention center—on the theory that they will attend a
Immigration Court hearing before the Department of
Justice`s Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR).
rare exception, only aliens falling under the
mandatory detention provisions of Immigration Act
section 236(c) remain in immigration custody for any
length of time during the futile EOIR immigration
And once newly-arrived illegal
aliens are officially tagged by the immigration
released from immigration custody near the
border—they are free to continue their
deep into the United States.
Why? Because as a champion of
Vicente Fox`s “heroes,” he has little to lose
and everything to gain for both himself and his illegal
And though he may not know it, Raft
Man is actually working hand-in-hand (for the benefit of
his clients, of course) with the federal immigration
bureaucracy of the EOIR and the Department of Homeland
He`s bringing more customers for
the Treason Lobby`s cadre of
immigration lawyers all across the country too.
As long as a
litigation-based bureaucracy paralyzes the
deportation of illegal aliens and criminal aliens,
smugglers like Raft Man will be free to
operate—literally in broad daylight.