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Changing Plans, Changing Lives

Updated on September 20, 2012
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The United States Border Patrol is the single most dangerous job in U.S. federal law enforcement anywhere in the world.

Certainly, each Border Patrol Agent in the field must have the ability to protect himself and others. Most Agents are on duty alone and often in remote and dark border country far from any backup or support.

The Immigrant

Why do these people cross the border knowing that they may die, get caught or simply bump into the wrong crowd at the wrong moment? This is the story of Martin Suarez, the guy who helped Juan Garcia from our, "Either you or me" story. The research has taken 3 days and the events and accounts could've happenned to so many lost souls... that never made it into what they called Liberty.

Cochise County


Mexico/US Border

Ravaged vultures were about to eat away the hopes of a dead or dehydrated immigrant. A Border patrol on a shift turn arrives at 9:45 a.m to the scene, warned by those birds of prey. Is already hot and they, the forecasters, were expecting a 116 degrees of pure hell. Michael Polonis, 37, knew of these incidents and was ready for the worse. Immediately, he chased away these vultures by shooting into the air his Berretta 96D "Brigadier" pistol , and tried to cover the dry body with a thick blanket for cold nights. Thinking to himself and checking this immigrant's vital signs, he feels heart activity. "Wow! he is almost death or just succumbed to this muggy weather, Agent Polinis mumbled. "God, and he was so young!"

Without delay, he got hold of his two-way transmitter and reached the Douglas City Border headquarters dispatch. He noticed that this kid's book bag contained a small notebook. "F***! This kid kept a record of his journey, but is in freaking Spanish! Gotta be kiding me!"

Naco AZ, U.S. Border entry point
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Few minutes later...

Walt Thomson arrived a few minutes later, he was one of Michael's comrades who came as fast as he could. "found another car near Naco, with 3 bodies inside this Chevrolet Impala's trunk. All died due to suffocation and asphyxia."

Seems that these Coyote smugglers left this cargo to die. But someone shot bullets on the car; this reminds me of a vendetta. Michael responds, "and this kid was just 3 miles north. I would love to find out what really happened. Three lives that were not spared. But I think we can save this one..."

Douglas City AZ

Border Detention Center

4 hours later

Mike was thinking of an idea, and took the notebook dairy with him. He did pay a visit to this kid at the South East Medical Center. Mike was still in shock. Even though it was his job, he felt empathy for this souls. What really broke his heart was this sacred medal that this kid had around his neck. It was stained with purple seeds from prickly tuna pear cactus. What was the story behind all this?

His wife was waiting home for him and she was the one chosen to help him. Her name was Martha, Chicano descendant who knew Spanish. Her great grandparents fought with legendary 'Pancho Villa.' For some reason Michael Polonis was linked to that 'South of the Border.'

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Sonora Mexico

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Martin Suarez is finally spotted with his mom going to church at "Nuestra Señora de Santa Ana." Doña Maria Suarez, his mom, made sure her son was ready to assist to mass every Sunday morning. His father was a cattleman who died when he was just four. Martin inherited his dad's height and his mom's eyes and smile. They were Pima tribe descendants and their slanted eyes could not hide that indigenous past. Ever since the Cartels wanted to recruit Martin who was already 19, he wanted to leave all and hit the Border. His mom was not happy with his decision, but it was a matter of life as an informant for the big shot drug dealers, or dead at any corner at any minute.

One morning Martin's mom asked priest Padre Pinto to bless a very well crafted religious necklace with the face of the City's 'Patrona Santa Ana.' after virgin Mary's mom. She felt as though that would keep her 'little' Martin safe at all times.

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Naco Arizona

The Polonis Home

That evening

Martha Gonzalez, wasn't too happy for him to bring this dairy home. "You could've been spotted by gang members, border bandits, or drug smugglers. I cannot believe you did this," said Martha showing her concerns and kind of upset. She was fixing their dinner. "Please Martha, just give a shot. We all have families, and he must've been married, or who knows...."

Martha put her guard down and sat next to her hubby, just to read this mysterious notebook. "This kid could've been a reporter. His writing is phenomenal..."

Suddenly her reading takes her back, 2 months before the incident...

Cochise County Border U.S.-Mexico
Cochise County Border U.S.-Mexico | Source

Cochise County Border

10 miles east from Naco AZ

The night before ...

Martin and his three friends are heading to the border as prompted, and jumped a wired fence, On the other side a black Chevy Impala was waiting. It was 2 a.m. The coyotes made signs with their cells as flash lights. Nervousness and panicking took invaded the four young men, who were ordered to get into the trunk immediately. "This is not a game 'gueys!' Get in the trunk now!" says one of the smuggling drivers. They were on American soil for the first time.

All seemed normal when Martin asked for a 'bathroom.' The fetid odour made them stop on the side of the Border highway and the smugglers cursed Martin off. "I swear I wanted to take a shit..!" That was all Martin had to say while running into the bushes. Suddenly, a dark blue Ford f 150 raptor approached to them from the opposite side with relentless speed.

They were highway bandits and the Coyotes knew it. They decided to abort the enterprise and abandon 'the human cargo of three' and run for their lives hiding down a hill on the side of the road. Suddenly, the Ford truck madmen started firing 'drive shooting style' on Chevy's driver's side, and on two of the closest tires. Martin fled as soon as he heard the impact of the bullets. He knew he had no other choice. It was 3:15 a.m.

During The Night

Martin has been running for three hours north west. His lips were already sore, and his body was already claiming for some precious water. He was about to give up....

St. Anne, Mary's mom
St. Anne, Mary's mom | Source
Prickly Tuna Pear Cactus
Prickly Tuna Pear Cactus | Source

In Memoriam: Brian Terry, August 11,1970 - Dec 15, 2010

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Like witnessing ourselves Martin's ordeal into undeserved purgatory, we saw him fall on his kneed and grab his necklace between his shaking hands. Reddish eyes and dusty eyelids, made us realise that he was in big trouble. "Santa Madre mia No me Abandone..." (Oh Mother of God, do not forsaken me now...)

It was about 5:36 a.m. and the sun was showing up on the eastern mountains. He was able to notice a few prickly tuna pear cactus some feet in front of him. He used to eat them as a child, and knew in his heart that this time his real mom was with him. He was almost dragging just to get to them. He was wise enough to use the sharper edge of the necklace and peel the fruit with dexterity. It was 6:15 a.m. and Martin was lost between hills and the desert of the most arid part of U.S. Territory. He eventually laid himself facing up from this unfair world that wanted to swallow his own hopes.

Fast forward >>>

South East Medical Center,

Douglas, Arizona

Martin responded to the medical care, and woke up at 3:16 p.m. Doctors were surprised by his positive reaction and congratulated him for his strength. "Why did you do this young man?" asked a nurse. "At least you didn't die like the others..." Martin closed his eyes and some tears rolled down his cheeks.


"Ladies and Gentlemen, we are developing a story. This is called the 'Douglas Miracle.'.... The Douglas area was first settled by the Spanish in the 18th century, becoming a smelter town, to treat the copper ores of nearby Bisbee, Arizona....

Even though this young man is going to be deported in the next two weeks, we were leaked of a diary he wrote narrating his Calvary... A publisher in D.F. Mexico City is securing the rights to publish his amazing story. Martin Suarez talked to our reporter and he was very concerned about his mom, Doña Maria Suarez. And we don't blame him..! This kid was brave enough, and now he worries about his Mother. What a life! Incredible to say the least. The forecast for today is still breath taking: Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs 102 to 106.


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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Hi Raciniwa, your comments are truly appreciated. Thanks for stopping by and yeah! This hub can be complex that can combine so many issues at the same time. Have a great one!

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    raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

    you're really good at this mighty lord, combining geography, history and politics...but the thought of being a border patrol agent isn't a great thing to do...

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago


    I would not choose to be a Border patrol agent. They are just given a Berretta 96D "Brigadier" pistol. to defend our Country against Uzis and Bazookas from mercenaries that roam our border. Unfair? Unfair for everyone. Not trying to justify illegal immigration, but every day people die at the hands of the wrong person.

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    kjforce 5 years ago from Florida

    lord de anything else in life..nothincomes easy to is easier to adopt out of our country..why? it is easy to get into the what price ?

    there are many injustices in the world..this is one job I would not want..bless those who chose it...very informative, and well written..thanks for sharing...

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Faith reaper,

    Hi there dearest friend. The situation is worse than the story. We ommited the rape and abuse commited on this hellish land of no one. There is an increase in the drug trafficking and hope some authorities won't end up like Sanduski. The situation is terrible, and now Border Patrols were told to hide if they see danger. We know God blessed this country with corageous forefathers. Been up insde the statue of liberty head, and I saw a different view of Manhattan and the open harbor. Thanks for your concern and support Faith! God bless!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Rubi, we don't ask people to break the rules. With no rules this Country would've succumbed to insanity before 1776. We all come from somewhere. I have been lucky to talk to both parts of the story at one point. There is resentment and a strong desire to make this Country stronger. We know that a legislation can change things. And we will wait for one. Sorry to know that is election year, and Congress doesn't seem to have immigration as a top agenda.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Hi there Rasma,

    Certainly we feel like we are the devil's advocate, but we looked for the human side of the story. Families on both sides suffer and "we all have to abide by the rules."

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Hi Mari Jordan,

    We cannot understand humanity. 12,000 years ago after the last deglaciation era men came to this land of the free to populate North America. By 1568 European colonies embarked in a dangerous enterprise. American Indians let them survive and were sent to reservations. What is wrong with the picture here? Only because God did bless this Country, doesn't change us at all. A new and updated act should be enacted as soon as possible. Thanks Maria!

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    Faith Reaper 5 years ago from southern USA

    Dearest lord, what makes this all the more disturbing is the human element involved that a lot of people tend to forget about. As Christians we are to love others as our brothers and sisters and welcome them. This is a terrible, ongoing situation that needs to be addressed on how to speed up the process of those wanting to come to America, the land of the free. The Statue of Liberty still stands, doesn't it? There are two sides with very differing views, and I think we need to think of the human side of it all. Your research is evident and appreciated. This is a subject that we all need to be in prayer about for sure. God is in the love business and we should be too. In His Love, Faith Reaper

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    Ruby Jean Fuller 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

    This was a wonderful article alerting us to the evil that exists. We all came to America from somewhere else. This is just my opinion, OPEN THE BORDERS. All people everywhere want a chance for a better life. Cheers

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago


    You are right. We try to be fair and keep humanity intact. The story sounds real, because is happening as of today. There is big time trouble by the border and we are so lucky to have some peace in our cities. Immigration reform should be total, and not like a quick fix solution.


    Thanks for the kudos. We have a responsability to meet as Citizens. Politicians are putting off essential laws. No party want to endanger their votes by talking about a very thorny subject. Thanks La!

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    Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

    Voted up and interesting. A job no one would envy. Maybe someday a solution may be found. A fascinating read from start to finish. Passing this on.

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    Maria Jordan 5 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

    I don't believe there is any subject that you are incapable of breaking down into bite-sized food for thought.

    Your style is thought-provoking, powerful and expressive. You always remember the person in your writing.

    Voted UP & UABI. Thank you, LORD.

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    LaThing 5 years ago from From a World Within, USA

    Captivating story, and very well researched! Enjoyed reading it. Thank you for sharing .....

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    Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

    You do an excellent job of humanzing both sides of the problem. People get so wrapped up in territory and borders that they forget they are dealing with human beings. I sure would love to know what was in the journal. This is a very important story.

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Debbie you know better than us. You are right there, at the border and confirm our own fears. Bless your heart and your family. We appreciate your support!

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    Joseph De Cross 5 years ago

    Thanks Bill. You are certainly right! This problem goes back to 1776, so we cannot predict a solution at sight. Funny to know that on election year, the topic becomes the 'hot news' of the day for the media.

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    Deborah Brooks Langford 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

    Lord, this is so beautiful , I hung on every word.. and the thing is it happens everyday.. My heart bleeds for these people that want freedom. and a better way of life. this is close to my heart.

    God bless you for writing this.


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    Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

    A terrible job; a terrible situation. No solution in sight. I can tell you with all certainty this is not a job I would want....ever!

    Great hub my friend!