Skip to comments.Riding 'The Beast' Across Mexico To The U.S. Border
Posted on 06/13/2014 8:35:48 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
There's a network of freight trains that runs the length of Mexico, from its southernmost border with Guatemala north to the United States. In addition to grain, corn or scrap metal, these trains are carrying an increasing number of undocumented immigrants whose aim is to cross into the U.S....
People call the train La Bestia, or The Beast....
It's estimated that up to a half-million migrants now ride The Beast each year, sitting back-to-back along the spine of the train cars, trying not to get knocked off their rooftop perch.
"They're just packed," says photojournalist Keith Dannemiller, "There's not much room for anyone else to get on board by the time the train pulls out."
For the International Organization for Migration, he recently documented the exploding number of migrants riding these trains....
Journeys on the train can take anywhere from a week to several months, and many migrants have made this trip more than once....
Some attribute this crisis the reason people are willing to risk their lives on a train like The Beast to the United States.
Genevieve Wood articulated this in her most recent installment on The Daily Signal, an online publication from the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank.
"The fact that the United States is having a debate over immigration," says Wood, "and [because] it appears to many people that amnesty will be a part of any immigration reform, many people believe, 'If we can just get into the country, if we can get there and live there illegally, eventually we're going to be given legal status.'"
She believes it is that illusion sometimes fatal that drives people to make this journey to the U.S.
Wood says current immigration policy is "encouraging people to put their children at risk."
(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...
A well-armed drone would but the Kenyan doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to do it.
They should be introduced to the railroad to dress it up.
Has the NTSB seen that picture???
ahahahahah I seriously doubt that!! OSHA?
I do hear that amtrak finds it rather inspiring...
And mexico doesn’t notice. LOL
We doh no noutheen main...!!!
I thought this was going to be about Moochelle.
Now THAT’s mass transit!
The Beast would be empty if Ubama wasn’t recruiting them.
I call BS on the NPR theory the illegal invaders are trying to escape the danger in Central America. They’ve been living with it for seemingly ever, so why now!?
Although I believe the spokesperson at Heritage has stated close to the truth as one can get in her position I believe the Left is providing financial assistance to move these invaders, as well some incentives sufficient to cause them to act. I believe this is all part of the Cloward-Piven style assault on this country by the Left.
America was built by people who snuck in on top of a train ...
we need to send some teams to blow bridges along this rail line ....
People who sneak in on the top of a train are our future.
Jimmy Rodgers wrote a hit song about this in the 1920’s:
Note the third rail in that photo. The Guatemalan railroad (now defunct) was narrow gage... The photo is most likely at Mexico’s southern border where railroads interchanged.
I once rode all the way through Mexico and Guatemala by rail... it was not very glamourous... from Juarez to Mexico City, to Vera Cruz, to Tapachula, to Ciudad Hildalgo... walking across the border to Tecun Uman and taking the narrow gage train to Guatemala City. My total passenger train fare was about $30, if I recall correctly.
I did ride the roof in Guatemala... but that was normal... they still had brakemen riding the tops of the cars with brake clubs tucked under their armpit for cranking down the handbrakes.
Is that a REAL picture??? OMG!
its as “real” as it gets!
hard to imagine, as it looks like somewhere in Pakistan or India
Other photos of the La Bestia
Where are the people actually crossing the border? Is it in and around the normal border crossings?
Or do they move up/down the border to more desolate/isolated spots to cross. It would seem like with
some estimated 60,000 coming in this year
that crossing areas could be determined and somthing done to block them. They would move to others
but at least some disruption to the flow might help slow this take over down.
Mexico see’s thousands of illegals on the La Bestia, or The Beast....Vendors setup shop selling goods .Mexico see’s nothing and knows nothing..A Marine makes wrong turn ,he tells them he has some guns he legally can own in U.S. and Mexico comes down hard on him.. WE all know he was abused by Mexico’s so called law enforcement... Treated like a P.O.W.. but let a train come through mexico with thousands of illegal aliens and it looks like a carnival side show...Once here they will not deport illegals for showing up without documents. Illegals can actual find document friendly city and get documents,job’s, bank accounts,cars,etc,etc...amnesty already started..Mentally Obama has passed it..
It really was amazing... this was in 1992 or 1993... and the railroads in Guatemala were tanamount to a time machine... They were running steam locomotives on special trains, and at one point the old head hogger sent the head end brakeman to the bar at a station stop to bring back a bottle of rum and cold case of beer for the engine crew... This engineer was 80 years old and like it was nothing as we are going down the track at 30 MPH (that was maybe good for 10...) he looks over to the brakeman and nods next thing there is a cold Gallo beer in the old head’s hand and with one deft motiin (like he’s done this every day of his 65 year long railroad career... because he has) he places the cap of the bottle on the handlatch of the Johnson bar (reverser lever), pops the cap, and then lifts the bottle to his lips, tipping his head back downing the whole bottle.
I can only describe it... being there was the only way to experience it.
They were still running on hand copied train orders copied at the stations over telegraph... as in you walk into the station and heard the clack clack of the sounder hammering away a Form 19 and there is the telegrapher in his visored brim... it was seriously a step back to American railroads circa 1900...
The only difference was all the men were 5’ tall latinos with distinctly Mayan features.
Good people. They turned over the locomotive to me and my friend John torun at one point... I fired and John ran... and the old hogger just smiled with a twinkle in his eye.
And it’s all gone now.
Absolutely real, many trains a day. It has been going on for years but until recently there was a few on each train, now they are packed.