Most Americans have ignored a big player in the “immigration crisis” on America’s southern border. But today Jerome R. Corsi at WND reminded his readers of that player. The North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) has done as much as, or more than, the de facto President in bringing illegal aliens by the trainload – literally – to American soil. And lately the American company that means “NAFTA Railroad” now faces criminal charges – in Mexico.
NAFTA Railroad facing human rights charges
Corsi cites this Associated Press report from more than three months ago:
Luis Angel Bravo, the attorney general of the Gulf coast state of Veracruz, said he filed a complaint with federal prosecutors against Ferrosur, a Mexican rail line, and a subsidiary of the U.S. railway Kansas City Southern.
The Kansas City Southern Railroad owns Ferrosur completely. This article gives the details:
On April 1, 2005, KCS completed the acquisition of Mexican Railroad TFM, S.A. de C.V., an acquisition which gained for KCS all the common stock of Groupo Transportacion Ferrovaria Mexicana, S.A. de C.V., the holding company that owned TFM. In December 2005, KCS changed the name of TFM to Kansas City Southern de Mexico (KCSM). The acquisition of KCSM was a key piece in putting together the “NAFTA railroad,” the marketing brand that KCS uses to market its North American service for both KCSM in Mexico and Kansas City Southern Railroad (KCSR) in the United States.
The NAFA Railroad, Corsi called it. And in another article he concentrated on one purpose of it: to bring goods into America by landing them in Mexican ports and putting them on these Mexican trains that the Kansas City Southern Railroad now owned. And who would run those ports? The China Ocean Shipping Company. A government enterprise. And which government? The People’s Republic of China.
Two years later, everything was running swimmingly, or so said USA Today. But no one paid attention to the other activity to benefit from rail travel: immigration.
This map from the Jesuit Mexican Migrant Service illustrates the main cargo train lines and stops. The pink line is the far shortest route to the U.S. border, which explains why south Texas has seen the vast majority of Central American migrant arrivals. From: Jesuit Mexican Migrant Service, quoted by the Washington Office of Latin America.
The Washington Office of Latin America (WOLA) calls attention to the Mexico-Guatemala border: “Mexico’s Other Border.” They carry this link to the Jesuit Mexican Migrant Service. The latter has maps clearly showing anyone who wants to know, what trains to take to the United States. So what happens? All those unaccompanied minors, mothers with children in tow, young toughs, and so on, hop one particular train more than any other. The train starts in Lechería and stops in Nuevo Laredo or Reynosa, depending on which branch line it takes. Those doing the train hopping, and everyone else who knows about it, call it La Bestia – The Beast. Those who hop it risk having others rob, kidnap, extort money from, or kill them, or traffic them into America as sexual slaves.
And now the Attorney General of Vera Cruz has filed a criminal complaint against the owner-operators of La Bestia. Which means the Kansas City Southern Railroad.
KCSR hoist by their own blasting charge
Whoever sends the e-mail notices of new articles in WND seems to think this is a joke. They suggest the Vera Cruz AG shouldn’t blame Americans for what goes on aboard a train they indirectly own and run.
The facts suggest the AG of Vera Cruz should blame the KCSR, builders of the NAFTA Railroad, for what goes on aboard that train. They own La Bestia, because they own a company called Kansas City Southern de Mexico. They bought it out. They gave it that name.
They thought they would bring in cheap goods, the products of cheap labor. Surely they looked the other way when illegal immigrants hopped their NAFTA train. How long have the robberies, the trafficking, the kidnappings, the murders, and the extortions been going on? Maybe the trial will find that out.
And it gets worse. The AG says the railroad employees aid and abet these crimes.
True enough, in America a person, or a company, is innocent until proved guilty. And perhaps the Mexican criminal courts are dubious forums. But those who promoted NAFTA, and especially the Kansas City Southern Railroad, knew that from the beginning.
The real story isn’t about an American company facing prosecution for something another company it owns, either let happen or helped happen. The story is the role NAFTA played in setting up the current crisis. Without that “NAFTA Railroad” buy, La Bestia would not run, and those aliens would have no train to hop. And if an American company wants to hop in bed with scorpions, don’t let it complain about the stings. Especially when said company aids and abets the breaking of American laws.