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Border Inspectors Find Girl Sealed In Piñata
NBC SanDiego.com ^ | 11/12/04 | AP

Posted on 11/12/2004 10:03:31 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

SAN DIEGO -- Inspectors checking the car of a smuggler at the U.S.-Mexican border found a girl hiding inside a piñata.

They said they've seen all kinds of attempts to smuggle people into the country, but this was an odd case.

Vince Bond of U.S. Customs and Border Protection said officers at the Tecate Port of Entry found the girl on Nov. 2 when they removed several piñatas from the car and one seemed much heavier than the others.

The girl, who is about 4 or 5 years old, was carefully sealed inside, but she was able to breathe. The girl's mother was curled up inside the car's trunk, and her brother, who is about 9, was underneath the collapsible back seat.

The three family members were voluntarily deported to Mexico. The driver and another passenger in the car, both American citizens, were not arrested.

Bond said the sheer volume of immigrant-smuggling cases far exceeds the government's ability to prosecute all smugglers.


TOPICS: Editorial; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: aliens; bordersecurity; illegalaliens; immigration; pinata; sandiego

1 posted on 11/12/2004 10:03:32 AM PST by KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Thank God she's alive....


2 posted on 11/12/2004 10:06:09 AM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

How do you get "voluntarily" deported? As opposed to involuntarily deported? I would think that all deportation is involuntary, since the offenders obviously wanted to be in this country...


3 posted on 11/12/2004 10:06:21 AM PST by cwiz24 (Hey Democrats---Now who's ya daddy?)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
The three family members were voluntarily deported to Mexico. The driver and another passenger in the car, both American citizens, were not arrested.

Bond said the sheer volume of immigrant-smuggling cases far exceeds the government's ability to prosecute all smugglers.

This is rediculous. SEAL THE FRICKING BOARDERS!

4 posted on 11/12/2004 10:06:22 AM PST by Viet-Boat-Rider (SLAP a Liberal verbally today! We MUST keep them down where they belong!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Another story here, with more details:

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/metro/20041112-9999-7m12pinata.html


5 posted on 11/12/2004 10:06:55 AM PST by cgk (The Left was beaten by Pres Bush twice & will never have another shot at him... who's dumb?)
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To: Viet-Boat-Rider

But but what about our borders?


6 posted on 11/12/2004 10:08:00 AM PST by texson66 ("Tyranny is yielding to the lust of the governing." - Lord Moulton)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
The driver and another passenger in the car, both American citizens, were not arrested.

No fine? Nada? Muy mal.

7 posted on 11/12/2004 10:08:01 AM PST by NautiNurse
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

The fishing boats go out across the evening water;
smuggling guns and arms across the Spanish border;
turns the rifles into silver
on the border.

Al Stewart

MV


8 posted on 11/12/2004 10:08:45 AM PST by madvlad ((Born in the south, raised around the globe and STILL republican))
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

just damn ping


9 posted on 11/12/2004 10:08:57 AM PST by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: martin_fierro

ISH PING


10 posted on 11/12/2004 10:09:50 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim (Of course a winning Powerball ticket wouldn't hurt.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

It's a REALLY good thing that there wasn't a birthday party nearby!


11 posted on 11/12/2004 10:10:33 AM PST by politicket
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
The driver and another passenger in the car, both American citizens, were not arrested.

And why not?

12 posted on 11/12/2004 10:12:06 AM PST by Bella_Bru (Proud member of La Kosher Nostra and the IZC)
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To: texson66
But but what about our borders?

Don't be "rediculous."

13 posted on 11/12/2004 10:12:25 AM PST by r9etb
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To: NautiNurse

Verdad. Muy mal.


14 posted on 11/12/2004 10:16:58 AM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: Tijeras_Slim; martin_fierro; Fierce Allegiance; TheBigB

Powerpuff Girl learns it's a BIG mistake to drop in on the wrong birthday party


15 posted on 11/12/2004 10:17:05 AM PST by Constitution Day
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To: NautiNurse

Interesting thing is that if you or I run a red light or drive over the speed limit they don't just not prosecute you because of the sheer volume of cases. They at the very least fine you. My niece recently went to court on a ticket for failure to stop at a red light and I was surprised to see that it required a court appearance in the superior court.
I would think that smuggling illegals should warrant at the very least some steep fines and appearance before a judge. How else do you track how many times this person is breaking the law???


16 posted on 11/12/2004 10:19:23 AM PST by antceecee
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To: cgk

Oh my... That picture is something else. Yes, thank God she is still alive.


17 posted on 11/12/2004 10:19:24 AM PST by Donna Lee Nardo
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To: annyokie

If the mules were heavily fined, the border patrol function could be self sufficient.


18 posted on 11/12/2004 10:20:13 AM PST by NautiNurse
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

"Border Inspectors Find Girl Sealed In Piñata"

I wonder where I could get the Heather Locklear pinata?


19 posted on 11/12/2004 10:20:58 AM PST by PeterFinn ("Tolerance" means WE have to tolerate THEM, they can hate us all they want.)
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To: Constitution Day
when they removed several piñatas from the car and one seemed much heavier than the others.

Ten bucks says some lawyer will get her instant citizenship and "government money" for life because she was insulted.

20 posted on 11/12/2004 10:20:59 AM PST by Fierce Allegiance (Stay safe in the "sandbox" Greg! THANK YOU TO ALL VETERANS!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"The driver and another passenger in the car, both American citizens, were not arrested."

Get caught bringing in a few illegals, slap on the wrist. Good thing they didn't have a joint on them, then they'd have had to deal with the U.S. soldiers fighting the WoD!

21 posted on 11/12/2004 10:21:57 AM PST by the_devils_advocate_666
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To: NautiNurse

I don't understand the dearth of fines for mules and coyotes. They charge huge fees for their cargo. It's time for them to pay for their play or better yet, jailtime in their home countries.


22 posted on 11/12/2004 10:24:46 AM PST by annyokie (If the shoe fits, put 'em both on!)
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To: Viet-Boat-Rider; All

"This is rediculous. SEAL THE FRICKING BOARDERS! "

Oh, no, that wouldn't be politically correct. Some tell us we are racist and worse for wanting to stop illegal migration. The true racists are those that defend a policy whereby hundreds of Mexicans are dying stuffed in vehicles and crossing a most unhospitible desert. If they knew they could not enter and STAY, they would stay home, and just maybe do something about their own country. The defenders of this illegal invasion are racist. They would rather these desperate people die than to admit they sanction slave labor as well as the total destruction of our social services at taxpayer expense. And no matter how hard we may have worked to elect Pres. Bush, we still get called "bashers". The coven will be here soon, to tell us we are all idiots since they seem to have the self appointed duty to hijack all immigration threads.


23 posted on 11/12/2004 10:28:23 AM PST by AuntB (Most provisional ballots are from voters not eligible to vote!!! Ask a poll worker!)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle; cgk; cwiz24; Viet-Boat-Rider; texson66; NautiNurse; madvlad; ...
The driver and another passenger in the car, both American citizens, were not arrested.

Why not? This is BS of the highest order!

Bond said the sheer volume of immigrant-smuggling cases far exceeds the government's ability to prosecute all smugglers.

That's because the government refuses to arrest those who are caught. It's called CAUSE AND EFFECT! For example, can you imagine what the rate of rape would be in this country if the government chose not to prosecute rapists?

But, for the sake of argument, let's take Bond's premise as a given: that we cannot imprison all these criminals. Were they fined thousands of dollars? (Or any amount?) Was their vehicle--used in the commission of a crime--impounded? Were they issued a summons to appear before a judge? How about "community service"?

Why is it that driving faster than an (often) arbitrary speed limit on the open highway carries greater penalties and punishment than criminally violating numerous Federal immigration laws that have a far greater negative impact on our country? I don't see anyone from the government saying that there are too many traffic violators for society to prosecute.

24 posted on 11/12/2004 10:37:45 AM PST by SpyGuy (Liberalism is slow societal suicide.)
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To: JackelopeBreeder

Have you seen this?


25 posted on 11/12/2004 10:43:49 AM PST by NautiNurse
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To: the_devils_advocate_666
Get caught bringing in a few illegals, slap on the wrist. Good thing they didn't have a joint on them, then they'd have had to deal with the U.S. soldiers fighting the WoD!

What about fireworks? Good luck to you if you get caught.

26 posted on 11/12/2004 10:53:50 AM PST by skip_intro
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To: Viet-Boat-Rider

"SEAL THE FRICKING BOARDERS!"

This is only the beginning with Bush's amnesty plan on the table they'll be coming across the border in droves.


27 posted on 11/12/2004 1:48:51 PM PST by blaquebyrd
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Actually I'm wondering how they got her out.

"Hey no it's still my turn"
(Says policeman with blinfold on)


28 posted on 11/12/2004 1:58:17 PM PST by ConservativeChris
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To: cwiz24
How do you get "voluntarily" deported? As opposed to involuntarily deported? I would think that all deportation is involuntary, since the offenders obviously wanted to be in this country...

It’s just a poor reporting, they were voluntary returned in lue of a formal deportation. I would not worry they’re probably in LA by now.

29 posted on 11/12/2004 2:28:56 PM PST by usurper (Correct spelling is overrated)
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The car carrying the piñatas bore California plates and was driven by a female U.S. citizen; a man in the passenger seat also is a U.S. citizen. Their names were not available.

Neither will be prosecuted, Bond said, in part because of the sheer volume of immigrant-smuggling cases.

"The arrests of individuals smuggling people far exceeds the ability to prosecute all these people," he said. "The more egregious cases obviously will be considered for prosecution, but if there is no prosecution, we must release them."


People-smuggling ought to be added to the list of traffic violations. The smugglers should be required to pay a large traffic fine if they can't be prosecuted for immigration violations. Red light violations and carpool lane violations are at least $271, and people-smuggling is much more dangerous.

Even without a change to the law, they should have been cited for driving with two children under 16 not wearing seatbelts. The fine is several hundred dollars for the first offense and at least one point on the driver's record. The 4-5 year old child might have qualified for the 6yrs/60lbs requirement for a booster seat, too.

30 posted on 11/12/2004 3:10:10 PM PST by heleny
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle

Too bad we don't give them a permanent tattoo on their forehead or hand when we expel them. Then they get clapped in prison if they return. Or on a chain gang work crew.


31 posted on 11/12/2004 3:12:43 PM PST by dennisw (G_D - against Amelek for all generations.)
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To: Viet-Boat-Rider
SEAL THE FRICKING BOARDERS!



We'll get to them later, but first I think we should concentrate on the borders.



8^)
32 posted on 11/12/2004 3:40:51 PM PST by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
"We've got to protect our borders!" - Candidate for President, Texas Gov G W Bush on the Roger Hedgecock show in 2000

LIAR!!!

33 posted on 11/12/2004 11:58:02 PM PST by newzjunkey (San Diego, Kleptocrasy by the Sea. -- VOID the Illegal Mayoral "Election")
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To: heleny
People-smuggling ought to be added to the list of traffic violations. The smugglers should be required to pay a large traffic fine if they can't be prosecuted for immigration violations.

There's an idea I could support! Who do we propose that to? City gov't? State gov't? Can it be done or is that interference in the domain of the federal gov't? I can just see the lawsuits...

34 posted on 11/13/2004 12:01:29 AM PST by newzjunkey (San Diego, Kleptocrasy by the Sea. -- VOID the Illegal Mayoral "Election")
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To: cgk

How F'in wonderful that we didn't arrest the people who are illegally smuggling these poor Mexicans in. That will ensure they never do it again. /sarcasm


35 posted on 11/13/2004 1:07:22 AM PST by LibertarianInExile (NO BLOOD FOR CHOCOLATE! Get the UN-ignoring, unilateralist Frogs out of Ivory Coast!)
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To: heleny
Even without a change to the law, they should have been cited for driving with two children under 16 not wearing seatbelts. The fine is several hundred dollars for the first offense and at least one point on the driver's record. The 4-5 year old child might have qualified for the 6yrs/60lbs requirement for a booster seat, too.

How about child abuse? Oops, this happened on Nov. 2, so they probably went with the Halloween defense.

36 posted on 11/13/2004 6:37:29 AM PST by Pa' fuera
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To: Constitution Day
that's one for the family photo album

Mother: "Remember the time we stuffed you inside the pinata and went for a ride"

indeed, family values do not stop at the border

37 posted on 11/13/2004 6:40:35 AM PST by Pa' fuera
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To: newzjunkey
"We've got to protect our borders!" - Candidate for President, Texas Gov G W Bush on the Roger Hedgecock show in 2000

LIAR!!!

And it's only the beginning.

38 posted on 11/13/2004 4:32:35 PM PST by inquest (Now is the time to remove the leftist influence from the GOP. "Unity" can wait.)
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To: KentTrappedInLiberalSeattle
Freeper thread with San Diego Union-Tribune's story here
39 posted on 11/13/2004 10:51:55 PM PST by newzjunkey (San Diego, Kleptocrasy by the Sea. -- VOID the Illegal Mayoral "Election")
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