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How selfies fuel an increase in illegal immigration

Governor Greg Abbott sends hundreds ofillegal border crossers into New York, but there's one reason hundreds turn into thousands. Selfie.

Smartphone technology is a major driver of the transition, sending a “I wish you were here” message to Latin America.

People in Guatemala, Honduras, and Venezuela are connecting their mobile phones to chat rooms and social media networks that act as real-time intelligence networks.

Migrants arrive in nyc
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Violence, smuggling fees, and the availability of free things such as clothing, food, and shelter, especially for those who have not yet hit the trail... Intelligence networks are more than just words. they show. Oftenhandouts, checks, documents, and new clothes along with photos and videos of real people at bus stops, buses, and shelters. 

This works like a flash mob. It's always the phone that tells and shows where the banishment and robbery zone is, so the crowd coming behind can divert to another location. It's always a phone to tell and show where and how you can get it.

I know this because I have met and interviewed thousands of US-bound immigrants while walking the road to the US border. Dependence on the telephone network. 

Rarely do I meet immigrants bound for America, probably poor, without modern mobile phones fully connected to the Internet and social media. I noticed them again in a news photo of immigrants in a homeless shelter in New York. 

They invited me to their chat group. Policy news and the opening of border crossings are openly reported and discussed there. They showed us selfie content created by friends, neighbors and compatriots while documenting their fortune to be released to America on documents handed to them by Border Patrol. In early June, I was in Del Rio, Texas. I watched immigrants taking charter buses from the Rio Grande to cities across the U.S. making videos of him thumbs up and smiling by the side of the bus.

I saw a Cuban greyhound who was about to catch a bus to Georgia standing next to his bus and taking a selfie, which he sent to his brother who is still in Havana. said it was one of his. He said that the brother will be leaving soon, too.

If an immigrant shows up at the same homeless man's shelter or non-profit store in New York, where free goods and aid are distributed, all that information is coming back across the Texas border. You can be sure. , Influencing Abbott's bus decision to head to the Big Apple 

Migrants take selfie
Georgette Roberts
A woman takes a selfie after illegally crossing the US-Mexico border in Yuma, Arizona in July.
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If knowledge is power and hearing is If it's not as good as it looks, Clarion calls have more impact on immigration decisions and actions than cell phone-free video selfies. When it became a chatroom that provided ground truth, it was what caused and sustained the largest mass immigration crisis in US history. 

When Vice President Kamala Harris pleaded with immigrants on an official visit to Guatemala last June, he said, "Don't come. When you come to the border of

When DHS Director Alejandro Mayorcas told CBS News in a March 2021 interview that travel was dangerous and borders were closed, parents were leaving their children alone. These are how Americans are providing every conceivable means of material assistance to every detained minor who crosses alone. 

Calls were then offered by the government for free air transportation for Americans to track down relatives and reunite them in a city of their choice.

migrants in port authority
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Reunited with relatives across the United States, including thousands Only in the New York area is a selfie video of happy children doing it. No doubt it prompted many of the record 255,584 trips of unaccompanied minors arrested since Biden took office.

This is how things really work. 

The first thing that came to mind when I read that New York recently donated charity cash and spread the red carpet to immigrant groups. 

Believe that the whole world of Latin America is watching on your mobile phone. 

They are next.

Todd Bensman is a Senior National Security Fellow at the Center for Migration Studies.