On the day President Barack Obama met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry to discuss the border crisis, at least 1,300 migrants were stranded when the so-called “Death Train” derailed in southern Mexico.
Reuters reported that “a cargo train” nicknamed “the Beast,” which is “used by Mexicans and Central Americans to travel toward the U.S. border,” derailed on Wednesday in Oaxaca, Mexico.”
About 1,300 migrants, many of whom were “young people,” were reportedly stranded but not injured while riding what others have referred to as “El Tren de la Muerte,” or Death Train.
As Breitbart Texas has reported, “children who travel via Death Train must jump onto a moving freight car” and “minors who cannot successfully pull themselves onto the traveling cars fall onto the tracks” and “many are left with extreme injuries,” like losing arms and legs.
At least 57,000 illegal immigrant children have crossed the border since October of last year, and federal officials expect at least 150,000 more to do so next year. The number of illegal immigrant children unlawfully entering the country has spiked since Obama unilaterally enacted his temporary amnesty act in 2012.
After the Obama administration sent more than $250 million in aid to Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador, administration critics have said Obama should cut off aid to these nations until they take measures to prevent their migrants from trying to enter the United States. Many of these nations want their migrants to go to America so they can send back billions of dollars in remittances, which account for a significant percentage of the GDP of these nations.
Obama attended three fundraisers for Democrats on Wednesday and Thursday in Texas, but he refused to visit the border to see the crisis firsthand.