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Border authorities arrested a Texas woman for stopping to help bedraggled teenagers who desperately needed it.
She Stopped to Help Migrants on a Texas Highway. Moments Later, She Was Arrested.
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Let us now contemplate the morality tale of the Good Samaritan.
It's the story of Teresa Todd, the city attorney in Marfa. On February 27, she was driving home on a dark road when, suddenly, three young Central American migrants desperately flagged her down.
She could've just sped on, but the bedraggled migrants -- two brothers and their sister -- looked about the same age as Todd's own teenage boys. So she instinctively turned around and went back because, as she put it, "I can't leave a kid on the side of the road."
Forced from their home by gang threats, the three refugees had become lost in the Texas desert, had run out of food and water, and the sister had fallen deathly ill. Putting them in her car, Todd was frantically trying to get medical help when -- luckily? -- a sheriff's deputy pulled up behind them.
But -- unluckily -- the deputy was not there to help. He called the Border Patrol and turned the young refugees over to ICE. The officers also confiscated Todd's purse, arrested her for suspicion of "transporting illegal aliens," hauled her to a holding cell, and later seized her phone.
"It was totally surreal," she said.
It still is. Even though she's not been formally charged, federal officials say the incident remains "an active case," and they're still contemplating criminal charges against her.
"This is all about trying to chill people from helping others," Todd says. "I'm simply a mom who saw a child in need and pulled over to try to help." During her ordeal, she says she kept thinking: "What country am I in? This is not the United States."
No, indeed, it's Donald Trump's un-American, disunited state of autocracy. We need to build a wall around him.