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Riding 'The Beast' Across Mexico To The U.S. Border
NPR ^ | June 5, 2014 | Wilson Sayre

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 ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; beast; childillegals; illegalsinvasion; immigration; labestia; mexico; thebeast; train
Will anyone stop the Beast???
1 posted on 06/13/2014 8:35:48 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

Sherman’s neckties.


2 posted on 06/13/2014 8:37:35 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: Uncle Chip

A well-armed drone would but the Kenyan doesn’t have the testicular fortitude to do it.


3 posted on 06/13/2014 8:38:41 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Obama's smidgens are coming home to roost.)
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To: cripplecreek

They should be introduced to the railroad to dress it up.


4 posted on 06/13/2014 8:40:56 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip
MY oh MY!!




5 posted on 06/13/2014 8:40:58 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

Has the NTSB seen that picture???


6 posted on 06/13/2014 8:42:36 PM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Uncle Chip

ahahahahah I seriously doubt that!! OSHA?

I do hear that amtrak finds it rather inspiring...


7 posted on 06/13/2014 8:44:02 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: MeshugeMikey

And mexico doesn’t notice. LOL


8 posted on 06/13/2014 8:44:09 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin.)
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To: cripplecreek

We doh no noutheen main...!!!


9 posted on 06/13/2014 8:44:42 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Uncle Chip

I thought this was going to be about Moochelle.


10 posted on 06/13/2014 8:52:54 PM PDT by Veggie Todd (The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants. TJ)
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To: Uncle Chip

Now THAT’s mass transit!


11 posted on 06/13/2014 9:00:41 PM PDT by miliantnutcase
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To: Uncle Chip

The Beast would be empty if Ubama wasn’t recruiting them.


12 posted on 06/13/2014 9:15:54 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


13 posted on 06/13/2014 9:21:35 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will. They ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

America was built by people who snuck in on top of a train ...


14 posted on 06/13/2014 9:38:01 PM PDT by spodefly (This is my tag line. There are many like it, but this one is mine.)
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To: MeshugeMikey

15 posted on 06/13/2014 9:38:39 PM PDT by Stand Watch Listen (DEFUND the GOPe it wants our money, our votes, but NOT our principles/values/beliefs)
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To: Uncle Chip

we need to send some teams to blow bridges along this rail line ....


16 posted on 06/13/2014 9:42:10 PM PDT by LeoWindhorse
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To: Uncle Chip

IMPEACH OBAMA!


17 posted on 06/13/2014 9:45:03 PM PDT by Graewoulf (Democrats' Obamacare Socialist Health Insur. Tax violates U.S. Constitution AND Anti-Trust Law.)
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To: spodefly

People who sneak in on the top of a train are our future.


18 posted on 06/13/2014 10:21:12 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Uncle Chip

Jimmy Rodgers wrote a hit song about this in the 1920’s:

http://youtu.be/gbzc77Tz6PA


19 posted on 06/13/2014 11:04:59 PM PDT by j. earl carter
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To: MeshugeMikey

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.


20 posted on 06/14/2014 2:44:54 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Uncle Chip
The looks like a job for The Shack.


21 posted on 06/14/2014 2:47:53 AM PDT by Rodamala
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To: MeshugeMikey

Is that a REAL picture??? OMG!


22 posted on 06/14/2014 4:37:21 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion.....the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

http://www.keithdannemiller.com/users/KeithDannemiller7098/images/KeithDannemiller70982300865.jpg

its as “real” as it gets!

hard to imagine, as it looks like somewhere in Pakistan or India


23 posted on 06/14/2014 5:58:58 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Rodamala

Amazing!


24 posted on 06/14/2014 5:59:50 AM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( "Never, never, never give up". Winston Churchill)
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To: Ann Archy

Other photos of the La Bestia

https://www.google.com/search?q=la+bestia+tren&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=wlWcU5G3Gc62yASJ7oCICQ&ved=0CAYQ_AUoAQ&biw=947&bih=654


25 posted on 06/14/2014 7:02:57 AM PDT by deport
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To: Uncle Chip

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.


26 posted on 06/14/2014 7:13:19 AM PDT by deport
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To: Uncle Chip

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..


27 posted on 06/14/2014 12:06:28 PM PDT by moonshinner_09
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To: MeshugeMikey

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.


28 posted on 06/14/2014 3:37:44 PM PDT by Rodamala
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To: Ann Archy

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.


29 posted on 06/14/2014 6:52:04 PM PDT by Tammy8
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