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MEXICO CITY (AP) — The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments.

The searing photograph of the sad discovery of their bodies on Monday, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada, highlights the perils faced by mostly Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States.

According to Le Duc's reporting for La Jornada, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, frustrated because the family from El Salvador was unable to present themselves to U.S. authorities and request asylum, swam across the river on Sunday with his daughter, Valeria.

He set her on the U.S. bank of the river and started back for his wife, Tania Vanessa Ávalos, but seeing him move away the girl threw herself into the waters. Martínez returned and was able to grab Valeria, but the current swept them both away.

The account was based on remarks by Ávalos to police at the scene — "amid tears" and "screams" — Le Duc told The Associated Press.
Details of the incident were confirmed Tuesday by a Tamaulipas government official who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity, and by Martínez's mother back in El Salvador, Rosa Ramírez, who spoke with her daughter-in-law by phone afterward.

"When the girl jumped in is when he tried to reach her, but when he tried to grab the girl, he went in further ... and he couldn't get out," Ramírez told AP. "He put her in his shirt, and I imagine he told himself, 'I've come this far' and decided to go with her."

From the scorching Sonoran Desert to the fast-moving Rio Grande, the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border has long been an at times deadly crossing between ports of entry. A total of 283 migrant deaths were recorded last year; the toll so far this year has not been released.

In recent weeks alone, two babies, a toddler and a woman were found dead on Sunday, overcome by the sweltering heat; elsewhere three children and an adult from Honduras died in April after their raft capsized on the Rio Grande; and a 6-year-old from India was found dead earlier this month in Arizona, where temperatures routinely soar well above 100 degrees Fahrenheit.

The search for Martínez and his daughter was suspended Sunday due to darkness, and their bodies were discovered the next morning near Matamoros, Mexico, across from Brownsville, Texas, several hundred yards (meters) from where they had tried to cross and just a half-mile (1 kilometer) from an international bridge.

Tamaulipas immigration and civil defense officials have toured shelters beginning weeks ago to warn against attempting to cross the river, said to be swollen with water released from dams for irrigation. On the surface, the Rio Grande appears placid, but strong currents run beneath.
Ramírez said her son and his family left El Salvador on April 3 and spent about two months at a shelter in Tapachula, near Mexico's border with Guatemala.

"I begged them not to go, but he wanted to scrape together money to build a home," Ramírez said. "They hoped to be there a few years and save up for the house."

El Salvador's foreign ministry said it was working to assist the family including Ávalos, who was at a border migrant shelter following the drownings. The bodies were expected to be flown to El Salvador on Thursday.

The photo recalls the 2015 image of a 3-year-old Syrian boy who drowned in the Mediterranean near Turkey, though it remains to be seen whether it may have the same impact in focusing international attention on migration to the U.S.

"Very regrettable that this would happen," Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said Tuesday in response to a question about the photograph. "We have always denounced that as there is more rejection in the United States, there are people who lose their lives in the desert or crossing" the river.

There was no immediate comment from the White House.

U.S. "metering" policy has dramatically reduced the number of migrants who are allowed to request asylum, down from dozens per day previously to sometimes just a handful at some ports of entry.

The Tamaulipas government official said the family arrived in Matamoros early Sunday and went to the U.S. Consulate to try to get a date to request asylum. The mother is 21 years old and the father was 25, he added.

But waits are long there as elsewhere along the border — last week a shelter director said only about 40 to 45 asylum interviews were being conducted in Matamoros each week, while somewhere in the neighborhood of 800-1,700 names were on a waiting list.

It's not clear what happened to the family at the U.S. Consulate, but later in the day they made the decision to cross. The Tamaulipas official said the father and daughter set off from a small park that abuts the river. Civil defense officials arrived at the scene at 7 p.m. Sunday and later took the wife to the shelter.

"I was drawn to the girl's arm on her father," Le Duc said as she described arriving at the scene. "It was something that moved me in the extreme because it reflects that until her last breath, she was joined to him not only by the shirt but also in that embrace in which they passed together into death."

"It's a horrifying image," Maureen Meyer, a specialist on immigration at the Washington Office on Latin America, which advocates for human rights in the region, said of the photograph. "And I think it speaks so clearly to the real risks of these U.S. programs that are either returning people back to Mexico seeking asylum or in this case limiting how many people can enter the U.S. every day."

The United States has also been expanding its program under which asylum seekers wait in Mexico while their claims are processed in U.S. courts, a wait that could last many months or even years.

This week Nuevo Laredo in Tamaulipas, the same state where Matamoros is located, said it will become the latest city to receive returnees as soon as Friday.

Many migrant shelters are overflowing on the Mexican side, and cartels hold sway over much of Tamaulipas and have been known to kidnap and kill migrants.

Meanwhile, Mexico is stepping up its own crackdown on immigration in response to U.S. pressure, with much of the focus on slowing the flow in the country's south.

"With greater crackdowns and restrictions," said Cris Ramón, senior immigration policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center think tank in Washington, "we could see more desperate measures by people trying to enter Mexico or the U.S."

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Spend a few days anywhere in Mexico — even in a trendy tourist destination — and you’ll understand why some Mexicans don’t want the Central American migrants, either.

You’d think the Mexicans, whose compatriots have been migrating to the United States for generations, would appreciate the predicament of the thousands of Central Americans passing through Mexico trying to reach U.S. soil.
But no.

The sentiment was unmistakable from everyone I casually asked during my seven-day trip to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico: We need to take care of our own first.

Sounds familiar? It's the same nationalistic sentiment often heard and harshly criticized here in the United States.

Too many here are desperately poor

My stay in Puerto Vallarta last week was strictly a family vacation. I didn’t introduce myself as a journalist. The housekeepers, taxi drivers, waiters, cooks and bartenders saw us as just another bunch of tourists who contributed to the local economy and helped them keep their low-paying jobs. (They are jobs, after all.)

None of these workers volunteered their political views unless asked. Perhaps they’re trained to keep to themselves or too tired to care or both. We stayed in Nuevo Vallarta, in the Riviera Nayarit, a gorgeous and increasingly trendy coastal tourist spot.

There was no sight of Central Americans anywhere in the Riviera Nayarit or a few miles to the south in Puerto Vallarta in the state of Jalisco. But anyone curious enough to chat and willing to listen closely to the locals would spot a trend that helps explain why some of them aren’t embracing Central American migrants.

They’re desperately poor with no real prospects of getting out of it. Don’t call these Mexicans hypocrites — as some here in the United States do — unless you really know their own predicament.

How are they supposed to feed immigrants?

How can anyone criticize the hotel housekeeper for balking at the notion that Mexico should shelter, feed and provide medical attention to Central American migrants when she has none of that from the government? How can she pay for it with her roughly $6 a day from cleaning an average of 15 rooms per day?

How can anyone criticize the college-educated sous-chef of a beach resort who also drives an Uber and earns $150 pesos (that's less than $10) per day? Or the indigenous 32-year-old woman selling her handmade arts and crafts at the local plaza or town square for a day’s meal?

They can’t possibly earn that little, a friend told me. It’s hard to believe, I know. But even the administration of the new socialist President Andrés Manuel López Obrador was bragging about the fact that the minimum wage was set to increase by 16% — to $5.10 a day this year.
What a joke.

My family vacation was a blast filled with all sorts of activities, from tequila tasting to snorkeling to kayaking to off-roading to strolling in nearby towns. But I couldn’t remain tone-deaf to the workers around us.

It only takes a few days of listening attentively to grasp the magnitude of these workers’ own desperation to escape a country where a corrupt government turns a blind eye to all sorts of wage exploitation. Let’s think of that before we call the Mexicans hypocrites who don’t want the Central American migrants to stay in Mexico.

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Over the last few weeks, we've heard Democrats talk about the conditions at Border Patrol detention facilities. There have been reports that detainees don't have access to basic necessities, like toothbrushes and bars of soap.

The Chief of the Border Patrol’s law enforcement operation, Brian Hastings, on Wednesday testified in front of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. During his testimony he said detainees do have access to the basic necessities Border Patrol is being accused of not providing.

He also said facilities storeroom, where "consumables," like blankets, soap and other basic necessities are stored, “frankly looks like Costco."
Sen. Maggie Hassan pressed Hastings on whether or not Border Patrol agents are feeding detainees.

“We provide three hot meals a day and snacks are unlimited,” Hastings said.

Hassan said news reports and lawyers visiting the detention facilities have said otherwise. According to Hastings, lawyers have a vested interest to say that because their clients are suing the federal government.

“I have seen agents on their own go out and purchase toys and bring in for the children to play with," Hastings said, according to Bloomberg.

The House on Tuesday passed a $4.6 billion bill to address the immigration crisis.

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update on the above story: the House bill failed in the Senate
now there's a bipartisan bill in the Senate that got over 80 "for" votes out of 100 possible
it's now in the House's hands, and Pelosi is sitting on it

they're screaming bloody murder over beds and toothbrushes, yet sitting on the very thing that would provide tremendous relief at the border!
 

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The whole reason northern countries are being migrated to, is to collapse a "good-thing". Good to the extremely hard working and thinking northern hemisphere countries. Collapse is the agenda, and total control obedient society will come of it. This is my view as well as many others. What better way to control somebody than to "shame" them? Or introduce bad substances into their systems? This has been going on for many, many years. This is why I love the USA dearly, and my family members who were killed and spat on by protesters. Hey its your freedom of speech, under stood, but when is crossing the line really enough?.....GOD BLESS USA, and the world too! The Big Red One.... f73a74293a8b8af69b153d6263020526.jpg
 

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Last month President Trump announced plans for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to begin enforcement actions, or raids, throughout ten U.S. cities in order to enforce deportation orders. Following pleas from Congressional Democrats the President suspended the actions for two weeks in order to give Congress a chance to act. Of course, Congress has done nothing but bloviate. On Friday the President confirmed that the raids are back on and scheduled to begin this Sunday. As well they should be. The raids are both legal and necessary, yet they have already been misrepresented by opponents and such acts will almost certainly be repeated.

To be clear, these raids are not targeting people at random. They are specifically designed to target illegal aliens with final deportation orders already issued against them. That is, illegal immigrants who have had their due process and have been issued final deportation orders by a federal judge. And they are perfectly legal. Article II of the U.S. Constitution vests the Executive branch with not only the legal right, but the legal duty to enforce the laws duly passed by Congress. The President must take this action.

Not only are the raids perfectly legal, they are also desperately necessary. Nationally, we are stuck in a vicious, self-destructive and never-ending cycle. Be it through illegal border crossings or false claims of asylum, countless immigrants cross our border daily. They are incentivized by the promises of sanctuary cities, U.S. taxpayer funded healthcare, and protection from lawful removal.

When, after being afforded due process and a fair hearing, and being ordered removed, they remain. Such is the case with the targets of the impending raids. Some brought children with them and now claim that this is the only home the children have ever known. Some had children while here illegally and dubiously argue that birthright citizenship of the child should morally entitle the parent to stay. This leads to the never ending ‘DREAMer’s” situation. “What do we do with the people already here?” And, thus, the cycle continues.

The Democratic primary has only served to exacerbate this problem. All of the candidates in the recent Democratic debates incentivized illegal immigration in one form or another. From the promising of free health care to the decriminalization of illegal border crossing to the protection from deportation, the presidential contenders each sent loud and alarming signals to would be illegals and illegal aliens already here that the continued surge of illegal immigration is welcomed. And the cycle continues.

Entice illegals to come. Incentivize them to stay. Frantically argue against removal. Then call removal immoral because they have been here however long. Cycle along and cycle along. At some point in a self-destructive cycle it becomes a necessity of survival to break the cycle. The broad national and international attention of the raids will provide a much needed deterrence to illegal immigration and, if only one step in a hundred-mile march, a much needed first step.

Additionally, the coming raids, coupled with current border crisis brought on by the aforementioned, may compel Congress to finally act on our illegal immigrant problem. Friday saw the Democrat led House Oversight and Reform Committee hold a fiery hearing on conditions at the necessary border detention facilities. In an exchange clearly not anticipated by Representatives Alexandria Cortez and Chuy Garcia, former acting director of ICE, Thomas Homan, decimated the Democratic lawmakers following their attempts to racialize the crisis.

When Garcia charged “How could you have possibly allowed this under your watch? Do you not care? Is it because they don’t look like children that are around you?” Homan angrily fired back, “Your comments are disgusting…I've served my country 34 years and yes, I held a five-year-old boy in my arms…for you to sit there and insult my integrity and my love of my country and for children, that's why this whole thing needs to be fixed.” But more importantly and impactful was Homan’s earlier statement, “This isn’t about enforcing the law. If anyone on this panel doesn’t like what’s going on, then change the law. You’re the legislature. We’re the executive branch. Don’t blame the men and women in uniform doing the best they can. It’s outrageous. This is political theater at its best.” Actually confronting and challenging the legislature to legislate. What a terrific concept.

Friday’s hearing may only be political theater, and an entertaining one at that, but add to it the gravity of the upcoming ICE raids, and Congress could actually be compelled to fix our broken immigration system.

Finally, though the raids are perfectly legal and ultimately necessary, they are undoubtedly going to be misrepresented by the left. The same Congresspeople and media that pushed the Russia collusion hoax, Kavanaugh hoax, Jussie Smollett hoax, and Covington Catholic hoax, all in one year, will surely try and spin these needed ICE raids as something they are not. Countless doctored videos such as with Covington Catholic will arise. Media outlets will change or even hide the truth about the raids just as NBC News did during the Justice Kavanaugh hearings. From a party establishment that constantly conflates illegal and legal immigration what else can be expected other than a concerted campaign of misrepresentation on the raids.

The ICE raids are not illegal. The warrants have already been adjudicated by a federal judge. And more importantly, they are a necessary step in fixing our illegal immigration and border crises and breaking the self-destructive cycle we are stuck in.

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what far too many people don't understand is that is what President Trump has been trying to do all along: get Congress to do it's f*cking job and fix our broken immigration system
nearly everything he's done, from trying to end DACA protections to announcing ICE raids, has been for this purpose, and this purpose alone
also, when there is no consequence to breaking our laws, they'll continue to be broken
nobody made these people come here, and despite the stories about how horrible these holding centers are, they KEEP COMING!
they're free to go home anytime they like, all they have to do is say so ... but they don't ... so how bad can it REALLY be?!
this series of ICE pick ups are for people who have already exhausted our legal system and have been told they have to go back, OR people who had so little disregard for our legal system, they failed to show up for their court dates!
there HAS TO BE a price to pay, if I broke a law, you can bet I'd have to pay the price, and if I had a child with me, you can bet they'd take that child from me, and probably charge me with neglect or abuse on top of it

people need to know that there IS a consequence for breaking laws, or else all you have is chaos and lawlessness!
 

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But these people have not broken any laws. You can claim asylum when you enter the country, not before. "Illegal entry" is trumped by the claim of asylum following entry...
 

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that's not true, you can apply for asylum from your home country
many people crossing in areas besides the ports of entry don't present themselves to border agents, others deliberately present themselves to CPB officers as a distraction so that the cartels can bring drugs and humans through in other areas weakened by the now occupied officers
90% of asylum seekers are not found to have a credible claim of fear
the people we're talking about, the ones being picked up for deportation, have already had their day in court, they've already been ordered to go home and are thus now here illegally by refusing to leave, or they broke our law by not showing up for their court dates
they don't even know how many illegal aliens we have in this country, the estimates run from 11 million to 22 million, the majority of these people did NOT present themselves for asylum, they snuck in and never left, or came in on visas, and refused to leave when their visa expired, again breaking our laws
what you're saying is just splitting hairs, and the very reason why we need Congress to step up to the plate and reform our immigration laws

just like anyone who enters your home without permission is trespassing, anyone who does not come in to the USA with permission is a criminal, period!
 

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You can apply, you are not required to.
The majority of "illegal aliens" arrived legally and overstayed. This, by most metrics is the vast majority but the focus is on the small percentage you come to the border. This is dog whistle politics. Use highly visible cases to illustrate a point that is fundamentally different.
Add to that the refusal to administer the existing laws...
 

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How about this, {No borders-no taxes} plain and simple, you cant call your self a country and tax the people with out boarders, do you think you can get into area 51? Ain't happening cuz! I hear tell of a bunch of numb nutts planning on rushing area 51, fools, hope they are updated on their life insurance. If folks cant understand that, pack up your crap and split, I hear Cuba, and North Koreas is really nice this summer, derp! Git er' done! georgecscott_drstrangelove.jpg
 

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You can apply, you are not required to.
The majority of "illegal aliens" arrived legally and overstayed. This, by most metrics is the vast majority but the focus is on the small percentage you come to the border. This is dog whistle politics. Use highly visible cases to illustrate a point that is fundamentally different.
Add to that the refusal to administer the existing laws...
no, your ignorance is showing flowerforyou.gif

those who have arrived legally were vetted before their visas were approved
the focus is on a very porous border which allows people to flow in undetected, and unvetted


your "dog whistle" politics nearly killed my grandchildren, I have a dog in this fight, do you?!
are there illegal aliens breaking into your home? are there illegal aliens who drive drunk, and hurt or kill someone YOU love, only to disappear into the shadows like they did to MY grandchildren!? are there people dumping 2 year olds at YOUR borders so that border security HAS to tend to that child so those people can break MORE laws by bringing in drugs and human trafficking victims, are there people in YOUR neighboring countries who are renting their children to migrants so they can flaunt your country's immigration laws?! are there diseases now at your borders that your country had eradicated decades ago?!

THAT is EXACTLY what the Trump administration is trying to do: administer existing laws!
tell me how enforcing the law by enforcing deportation orders is a dog whistle when you follow it by a statement about administering current laws?!
 

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An illegal alien accused of killing a father of two in a hit-and-run crash was ordered deported about six years ago, federal officials reveal, in the sanctuary state of Illinois.

Jose Rodriguez, a 27-year-old illegal alien from Honduras, is accused of running a red light on June 22 in Bloomington, Illinois, causing him to hit and kill 39-year-old Corey Cottrell, a father of two daughters, who was riding his motorcycle at the time and was on his way to see his mother, Kathy.

According to prosecutors, Rodriguez fled the scene of the crash after hitting Cottrell. The following day, the illegal alien turned himself into law enforcement officials and has since been charged with causing a deadly hit-and-run and driving without a license. Just days after being charged, though, Rodriguez was allowed to post bail and be released.

Prairie State Wire’s W.J. Kennedy confirmed with federal immigration officials that Rodriguez had been living in the U.S. as an illegal alien for years. Details of Rodriguez’s immigration history, obtained by Kennedy, reveal that in 2013 the illegal alien was issued an expedited deportation order.

The next year, on March 6, 2014, Rodriguez was issued a final deportation order by an immigration judge in a trial that he did not show up to, Kennedy reports.

“[Rodriguez] is considered an ICE fugitive,” a federal immigration official told Kennedy.

Cottrell leaves behind his mother, Kathy; his 11- and 14-year-old daughters, Karina and Alexandra; his sister Shanna; his grandmother Virginia; as well as his aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends.

Today, there are 1.7 million illegal aliens from Mexico and Central America living across the U.S. who have either already been issued final deportation orders or who have pending final deportation orders.

In 2017, Illinois became a sanctuary state for the at least 400,000 illegal aliens living in the state. The law shields criminal illegal aliens from being detained and deported from the U.S. In Rodriguez’s case, the state allowed him to be released on bail despite his deportation order dating back six years ago.

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that's what the illegal alien did that hurt my grandchildren, he ran a red light and then fled the scene of the accident
what makes me SO mad is that some people seem to have a real problem understanding the difference between someone who came here legally, and someone who came here illegally!

when you are legally in this country, we know WHO you are, where you came from, where you live, where you work, who your family members are, so that if you are ever involved in a crime, we have a place to start looking for you
but when you are in here illegally, you are usually operating under a stolen identity, that in itself is a crime IN ADDITION TO the crime you committed to get in here

so that when you become involved in another crime, like running a red light, or fleeing the scene of an accident, you can just step off into the shadows, never to be brought to justice, only to emerge on the other side with a clean slate! a new name, a new stolen identity, and you're good to go again! but the people you hurt, or killed's loved ones, will HAVE TO continue to live with what you did!
 

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that's what the illegal alien did that hurt my grandchildren, he ran a red light and then fled the scene of the accident
what makes me SO mad is that some people seem to have a real problem understanding the difference between someone who came here legally, and someone who came here illegally!

when you are legally in this country, we know WHO you are, where you came from, where you live, where you work, who your family members are, so that if you are ever involved in a crime, we have a place to start looking for you
but when you are in here illegally, you are usually operating under a stolen identity, that in itself is a crime IN ADDITION TO the crime you committed to get in here

so that when you become involved in another crime, like running a red light, or fleeing the scene of an accident, you can just step off into the shadows, never to be brought to justice, only to emerge on the other side with a clean slate! a new name, a new stolen identity, and you're good to go again! but the people you hurt, or killed's loved ones, will HAVE TO continue to live with what you did!
And the difference between an "illegal" who does this and a "legal" who does this is what exactly? Anyone can biuy a new identity if they really want to. The fact you hit and run makes little difference if you are never identified, or was the driver identified? If not, how doyou know he was an illegal and not just lazy police work?
 

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if you're here legally, you have no reason to buy a new identity

because he left his car behind, his prints behind, his false papers behind, his image on light cameras behind

when you are here legally, we know your real name, your country of origin, where you're living and working
when you are here illegally, we have nothing on you, no place to start looking

false identities lead to dead ends, typical liberal, blame the police, and not the illegal alien who actually committed the crime lol

how do you find somebody that is NOT supposed to be here?!
 

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ignorance is bliss till it hits them and their family
i cant believe how many people there are that dont understand immigration laws
immigrants are criminals the minute they enter any country illegally
 

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ignorance is bliss till it hits them and their family
i cant believe how many people there are that dont understand immigration laws
immigrants are criminals the minute they enter any country illegally
That would be fine of that was what the law said, but it doesn't.
 

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it says if you step one toe on American soil, you can claim asylum
that doesn't mean everybody does, or even that most do
those who do NOT present themselves ARE criminals!
if there's no border patrol in sight (because they've been diverted to help a toddler wandering alone on the border), they just keep trucking, and a lot of them come right through or to Dallas!


that's like them saying that the majority of drugs come through ports of entry

the truth is that the majority of DRUGS SEIZED are seized at the ports of entry

well? hello!? that's where you've got the man power, the dogs, the technology!
I would ask one simple question: can you prove that?
how do you know what's being missed BECAUSE it's being missed!?

you don't know what you don't know!