Rep. Bridenstine: Kids Telling of 'Horrific' Journey to Border

Monday, 14 Jul 2014 12:28 PM

By Wanda Carruthers

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Illegal immigrant children are telling "horrific" stories about their journey to the United States from Central America through Mexico, said Rep. Jim Bridenstine.

The Oklahoma Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom" that he toured a facility at Fort Sill over the weekend in his home state where 1,200 illegal immigrants are being held. As Bridenstine told Newsmax TV on July 7, he was originally denied access on July 1 to the facility.

"The stories are horrific. There are a good number of those children who were abused on the way to the United States by these transnational criminal organizations that have to be paid in order to get them across," Bridenstine said Monday.

Story continues below video.




He said he did not "push that issue" about taking a camera into the facility, but did speak to many of the children, despite instructions from federal officials not to ask questions.

"They said, 'You can come on a visit. You can't ask questions. You can't talk to the staff. You can't talk to the contractors. You can't talk to the children.'

"We told them very clearly, we will treat their restrictions the way [President Barack Obama] treats the laws of this country. We will treat them as suggestions. And that's what we did," he said.

Many of the children "suffered on the trek to the United States" at the hands of the "coyotes and transnational criminal organizations in Mexico" who transported them, Bridenstine said. Because of the many hazards in the journey, he said the children who made it to the United States were "the lucky ones."

"There are a lot who don't make it there," he said. "If you don't pay [the traffickers] enough money, your children can be subject to forced labor, to forced prostitution, sold in the slave trade."

Bridenstine said some children died during the trip, and described "mass graves in northern Mexico" for children because someone "didn't pay the right criminal organization."

It is important for lawmakers to "solve the crisis," Bridenstine said, but he questioned the $3.7 billion Obama had requested from Congress to handle the surge of illegal immigrants.

"We don't want to just expand the current programs that are leading to the crisis," he said. "This is too important of an issue. Children are being made to suffer. It's federal policy that is causing this of this administration. We've got to get it right."


Related Stories:



© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Ralph Peters: 'Psychological Problem' Makes Obama Indecisive

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:57 PM

President Barack Obama isn't making decisions on major world events because he isn't capable of doing so, retired Lt. Co . . .

Republicans Call For Swift Action Against ISIS

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 21:28 PM

Republican lawmakers sounded a clarion call for quick, decisive action against Islamic State (ISIS) militants after the  . . .

ISIS Apologizes - for Releasing Beheading Video too Soon

Tuesday, 02 Sep 2014 22:40 PM

Islamic State (ISIS) militants apologized after releasing a gruesome video that purports to show the beheading of Americ . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved