12-Year-Old Drug Smuggler Reignites Immigration Debate

Stephen Dinan, Washington Times, December 27, 2013

The U.S. Border Patrol earlier this month arrested a 12-year-old illegal immigrant smuggling 80 pounds of marijuana from Mexico into Texas, reigniting a debate over controversial comments made by a Republican congressman earlier this year about children’s involvement in the cross-border drug trade.

Rep. Steve King, an Iowa Republican who has called for a crackdown on illegal immigration, had said there were more young illegal immigrants smuggling drugs than there were ones who were valedictorians of their classes in U.S. high schools.

In the Texas incident earlier this month, Border Patrol agents arrested six Mexicans—two adults, two 17-year-olds, a 16-year-old and the 12-year-old—smuggling more than 300 pounds of marijuana.

“They were carrying the marijuana on their backs and when arrested it was discovered that the 12-year-old boy had the heaviest load at 80 pounds,” the Border Patrol said in a statement describing the arrest.

The adults and one of the 17-year-old children were held after the early December incident, but the others—including the 12-year-old—were returned to Mexico, the Border Patrol said.


Mr. King’s critics included everyone from the New Yorker magazine to late-night comics to House Speaker John A. Boehner, who called the comments “hateful or ignorant.”


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  • Puggg

    Of course, they’re sourcing the real naughty dirty work of smuggling big time dope quantities and of man on man violence to teenagers and younger. Because we’re all dopes enough to think that they’re all Dreamers, innocent victims of everyone and everything.

    • borogirl54

      The Dreamers and their supporters do not want to admit that there are criminals among their ranks. They falsely contend that the majority of them are high school valedictorians. But from I have seen many of the potential DACA recipients are working on their GED’s. A GED and/or a high school diploma is required to apply for DACA.

  • Luca

    “They were carrying the marijuana on their backs and when arrested it was discovered that the 12-year-old boy had the heaviest load at 80 pounds,”

    Letting the youngest child carry the heaviest load of illegal drugs? Do Hispanic family values know no bounds?

    • borogirl54

      They only value money. They would rather their kids work for low wages than go to school.

    • Irishgirl

      And how does a 12-year-old even carry 80 pounds? When I was 12, I didn’t even weigh that much myself.

      • His dad told him it was grass clippings from his lawncare job and then told the kid he needed kid’s help to take them to an American composting bin.

        • Irishgirl

          Ah yes, of course, they were thinking about the environment.

    • William Krapek

      I work at night and stay up on my nights off, and they’ll bring their kids into a Denny’s at 11-12 at night. I always want to smack them and tell them to put those damn kids to bed where they belong.

      • I saw an Indian (country) family with two daughters (I’ll guess ages 7 and 4) shopping for groceries at 12:30AM the other night.

        • bilderbuster

          I grew up in Miami Beach & the anchor baby/kids never had a bed time & the parents taking their kids out at 1a.m. was common as were 4 year olds playing outside or in the hallways of apt. buildings at midnight.

          • Bossman

            Down there is the hot tropics. In very hot and sunny places, people don’t feel like going to bed early.

          • bilderbuster

            That’s no excuse because it’s not sunny at night & there is air conditioning.
            White kids had bed times & our parents didn’t stay up & drink Cisco all night.

  • 1stworlder

    Steve Sailor proved that the majority of the “illegal valedictorians” named were not the actual valedictorians of their schools, and those that actually were went to schools with under 25% 4 year pass rates.

  • Spartacus

    “hateful or ignorant.”


    That’s what White Genocide is…

  • Greg Thomas

    Just another DREAMER in training. Had he made it across the border with his load, he would have enrolled in school, became class valedictorian, and went on to medical school. No doubt, he would have gone on to eventually develop a cure for cancer. The DREAMER narrative in action.

    • CoweringCoward

      Hate to say this, given the subject but the kid ALREADY HAD the cure for cancer, on his back in fact. See “Run from the cure”.

  • Greg Thomas

    Gee, l wonder where his parents are? If l were to guess, l would say they are fast at work securing jr’s next drug load.

    • Bossman

      They’re just hard-working people providing a service for the gringos.

      • Greg Thomas

        I don’t need the services of any third world mexican. Your choice of words to describe Whites is very telling.

  • Marc Zuckurburg

    We need comprehensive immigration reform, to fix our broken immigration system. It’s time to get to work.

    Comprehensive immigration reform will raise wages and salaries, strengthen national security, prevent terrorism, enhance our domestic crime-fighting ability, ensure that we continue to encourage the best and brightest to partake of the American dream, enhance our competitiveness and our ability to innovate, and make America more prosperous.

    Make my immigration reform comprehensive, please!

    • Puggg

      www dot telegraph dot co dot uk/technology/facebook/10539274/Young-users-see-Facebook-as-dead-and-buried.html

  • bigone4u

    Mexico also has an age of consent law for sexual intercourse that sets the age at 12. In Mexico, you’re an adult at 12 for all practical purposes. Along the border, they breed cute youngsters who sit on the sidewalks and beg for donations from guilty-minded “gringos.”
    What is cute at age 5 is not so cute at age 12 and they go out street hustling. Terrible places, those towns along the Mexican border.

    • And 12 is about the age when she gets a family “test drive”.
      And 13 is the age she pops out her brother, uncle, or neice/nephew.

      • ms_anthro

        I once met a Colombian who told me in all seriousness, with wide-eyed innocence, that he had lost his virginity in his early teens to his first cousin, and that this is a common practice among all the Colombians he has ever met. He had no inkling that Americans might frown on such behavior and seemingly felt no shame or remorse about the fact that his family members frequently had casual sex with one another.

    • Katherine McChesney

      ‘Mexico also has an age of consent law for sexual intercourse that sets the age at 12.’

      I bet NAMBLA probably sponsors tours to Mexico.

    • DonReynolds

      These places are terrible because of the people who live there. So why would I want them to come here?

  • Pro_Whitey

    Somebody check the size of his calves. I think Steve King said they would be either the size of grapefruits or melons. Chances are King is right about the calf size. However, he should concede that the kid is also a valedictorian . . of his class in drug smuggling school!

  • Jon Doe

    It’s no secret, they know, we all know what it is. Online search, kid/teen hitmen, teen mules, child trafficking, human slavery, “boys town” (i have actually been there, cab guy, foreigner tourist, money, you do the math) my god just look up age of consent there. It has NEVER been about protecting the young or amnesty for “children” “students” etc. MS 13 look them up, most vicious brutal gang spreading all over and funded as a goon squad directly by the Mexican Mafia (Prison Gang real deal) and all of them kids, all of them murderers and Mafia knows it. Women and Children are the traffickers, slaves, sex abuse, manual labor etc. Its sad really one side is the Cartels the other is the Mafia

  • Guest

    Mine the boarder.

  • Pat Riot

    Mine the border.

  • DonReynolds

    Smuggling illegal drugs of any kind over the US border should be punished the same as piracy……regardless of age.

  • DonReynolds

    They sent the 12 year old drug smuggler back to Mexico to get another load!!

  • ms_anthro

    He was mestizo with some black ancestry, I believe. He showed me pictures of his family and they all appeared to be mestizos.