The Plight, Dilemma, and Tragedy of the South American Illegal Immigrants Exploited in the U.S.A.

By Tom Rodgers, assisted by Cecelia Cole Edwards

With NAFTA becoming a law, the United States mega food corporations take U.S. taxpayer subsidized crops and sell them to South American countries for a low price. The local farmers are not able to compete and sell their crops. American businessmen (elite families) offer to buy their family farms for what seems to the farmers a “large” sum of money, say, $5,000. The farmers sell and move to the big cities where they are often unable to find employment. Most of their farm sale profit is spent quickly on food and rent.

American businessmen contact them again, this time guaranteeing employment, housing, food, medical care, education, and legalization papers if the former farm owner will work for them in the U.S. They are given a contact name to get to the U.S. The name provided usually represents the drug cartels who are the real border control in Mexico.

The cartel representatives, “coyotes,” negotiate and/or receive a passage or transport and delivery price. The coyotes or their cartel bosses often have previously communicated with the American businessmen, so they know how much money the farmer received for his land. Those who agree to pay more to the coyotes are provided a ride across the border. Those who pay less must walk. Most are required to carry contraband as well. The U.S. federal border patrols are intimidated by the cartels. Those who wear coyote “colors” or identifying markings are allowed to cross. Those who don’t wear the coyote colors risk being killed by the cartels.

A great majority of illegals, assisted in crossing the border by the cartels, are delivered to livestock or low-skill labor enterprises. Most families are placed in Federal Housing and Urban Development (HUD) trailer houses or HUD-contracted conventional homes and apartments which house as many as three families per unit.

The trailer and manufactured homes are designed with malicious intent ( and violate ventilation code. There is much sickness and even death, especially for infants and those living continuously inside the trailers (see Hospitals, doctors, and clinics often receive cash “under the table” for medical care. Only the most seriously ill or injured illegal immigrants are provided medical care from the slaughterhouses who in turn “collect” from the immigrant families.

Since these livestock and similar industry housing communities (utilized for the sheltering of the undocumented) fall under federal (HUD) regulatory control and jurisdiction, local, county/parish and state authorities have no true jurisdiction inside these trailer communities. With federal oversight, the coyotes act as insidious guards in these communities. They monitor and control who goes in and who goes out. The occupants are allowed to go to school, church, and the grocery store but not much else.

Wages of the slaughterhouse workers are garnished to pay for housing, food, medical and other excuses leaving little left for personal expenditures. Families are often told by coyotes that they now need to pay extra for their passage to the U.S. because the cost was higher than expected. These former farm owners are forced to either pay with money or surrender their wife and/or children for prostitution, or to carry drugs or contraband. Once these illegals have made a contract to come to the U.S., they are pretty much conscripted (financially bonded) to the coyotes for life. Relatives on both sides of the border are threatened if payments are not made.

Slaughterhouse and other low-skill labor employee communities are often deliberately located away from main roads so they are difficult to see. If someone tries to leave or move without permission from the coyotes, their relatives on either side of the border are threatened. Also, their provided green cards are not valid and they are vulnerable to disclosure and deportation. It is virtually impossible to escape this slavery system.

The animal industry by and large makes this corruption possible. We, the American citizens, have the power to interfere with and disable this corrupt system by ending our consumption of animal products. We can stop this dominant pathway for illegals by eating a vegan diet. We have the power to eliminate this heinous slaughterhouse slavery.

(No animal or undocumented individual has been mistreated, abused, injured or killed in the production of this article.)

sources of information: conversations with South American illegal immigrants, county sherriffs, HUD and other federal government officials. See last segment of Food Inc.

TLR copyright September 5, 2017