I’m going to resist the temptation to address the concept of immigration in historical perspective. I’m not going to focus on either the financial aspects of building a wall or the political shenanigans going on in Washington, DC.
Rather let’s focus on an issue I haven’t seen being batted around in the mainstream media or in social media. If/when the wall is built, how effective will it be?
Most Americans who have never seen the international boundary first-hand up-close-and-personal lack a realization of what we’re dealing with.
50 years ago in 1969, after a long pleasant drive through the wide-open expanses of West Texas, I arrived a bit too late to visit the Judge Roy Bean Museum in Langtry, Texas just after it closed at 5 p.m. Nobody was around, so out of curiosity I drove right down to the bank of the shallow Rio Grande River. This by all means is not the most desolate location on the U.S.-Mexico border, but it impressed my young mind.
At a later stage of life, I found myself within the Calexico Port of Entry in California at the exact demarcation line between the two countries. I was struck how a matter of inches could mean the difference between first world and third world.
These are just anecdotes to demonstrate that the border is not a political construct. It is a physical location which separates one way of life from all others. Not only the security, but moreover the sovereignty, of any nation is a function of its ability to determine and control access to its homeland.
1,954 miles of varied urban and mostly rural topography extend from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. It runs through the cities of San Diego and Nogales and El Paso and Laredo. It also runs past the beautiful but isolated Big Bend of the Lone Star State. Much of it is desert and a good portion of it is the Rio Grande.
To be truly effective, a wall would need to run the entire distance from west to east. Otherwise, it just diverts the illegal border crossers to areas which are not fortified.
I’ll give you a perfect example of that. Antelope Wells was for many years a one-man Port of Entry in Hidalgo County in the bootheel of New Mexico. The Port Director and his family lived right next to the gate. It’s about 89 miles from Antelope Wells to the bigger Port of Columbus, NM. The first half of that drive is on a deserted road between the border and I-10.
The only thing new about what’s happening now is that the illegal crossings are getting more attention than they did in the past.
For the record, U.S Customs and Border Protection Officers do both Customs and Immigration duties within official Ports of Entry. Between the Ports of Entry is the domain of U.S. Border Patrol which is an arm of CBP that was inherited during the merger of Immigration and Naturalization Service and Customs when Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003. Both the CBPO in the POE and the BP in between are sworn Federal Officers tasked with keeping our country safe at the border and beyond.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement are the plain clothes Special Agents who investigate smuggling of both illegal aliens and contraband as well as other criminal activity having a nexus with the border.
Now that we have a clear picture of the logistics involved, let’s look at the proposed wall itself. I won’t go into the proposed or actual plans for the physical nature of the barrier as that is more a function of politics than of actual effectiveness.
If the wall does not cover the entire border, basically the queue jumpers as well as those of truly hostile intent will simply go where it isn’t. Even if it does extend from San Diego to Brownsville, there is still potential for it to be circumvented.
- Around ~ by sea.
- Over ~ by air.
- Under ~ by tunnels.
- Through ~ by explosives.
Recall that the Government of Mexico is not a dependable ally to police their side of the border.
One key acronym I hope you will take away with you from this article is OTM.
Other Than Mexican.
Potentially every nationality on earth.
There are both Shia and Sunni Islamic terrorist operatives in Latin America who facilitate the movement of persons from the Middle East, Southwest Asia and elsewhere through Mexico into the United States of America. We are not just talking about Salvadoran, Honduran and Guatemalan families with children fleeing economic conditions in their home countries. The caravans are trained to put those people in the front to soak up the camera coverage. But there are many single young males of Jihadi age and intent who easily mingle into these groups.
I don’t want to digress too much about comparing our situation to that of our ally Israel. The distance from Eilat on the Gulf of Aqaba to the Golan Heights is just 274 miles. There are barriers along the borders of Sinai and Gaza and Lebanon and the West Bank.
The Israeli Defense Force is authorized to and does in fact use lethal force against intruders who threaten the lives of Israeli citizens if they were allowed to penetrate the border. You and I know fully well that our own country lacks the resolve to use this level of deterrence and prevention on the border.
The percentage of border crossers who enter illegally from Mexico with such terrorist intent is certainly not like that which Israel faces.
But how many terrorists is too many?
I would say: 1.
The Mexican border is only one conduit of illegal aliens into the USA. It’s beyond our scope here to look at the much, much longer Canadian border which has been very vulnerable to penetration in the past including via the Great Lakes. Not even considering the border between Alaska and Canada.
Finally, it must be stated that illegal aliens in the United States are not just those who have snuck in from Mexico. There are also those who came legally on non-immigrant visas who overstayed their time of admission. There are non-immigrants who are out of status such as a person on a student visa who is not currently enrolled in the authorized academic Institution.
But right now, the hot-button issue is the Mexican border.
The United States does not have the willpower to shut down commerce entirely and stop all movement of persons within the Ports of Entry. We most definitely will never fire lethal rounds at those crossing where they’re not supposed to.
We should also consider the meaning of the term invasion. Dictionary definitions usually indicate that it involves a foreign armed force crossing our borders. But a familiarity with today’s Jihadi concept of asymmetrical warfare suggests that combatants are not always in uniform or officially identified as military of a nation state.
Candidly, we do not know who is crossing our border unless they present themselves with legitimate documents at a Port of Entry to be examined and potentially admitted by a CBP Officer. Those who evade the U.S. Border Patrol along our national frontier could be ideological enemies bent on our destruction from within.
So, our bottom line is that the wall is only part of the solution, that it must be from sea to sea and that we must have the apolitical resolve to deal appropriately with those who attempt to violate it.
New Mexico county commissioners, sheriffs demand immediate action on border emergency
In a letter signed by County Commission Chairs and County Sheriffs across New Mexico, Republican House Leader Jim Townsend called for all of their lawmakers on Capitol Hill to render immediate relief and to work with President Trump to end the crisis at the southern border. They declared the situation had reached the stage of full emergency in the border state and American citizens were being harmed as a result of DC’s inaction.
We elected officials in our respective New Mexico counties hereby declare that we believe the southern border immigration crisis has reached the level of an emergency situation.
This emergency must e addressed and it must be addressed immediately. Our communities do not have the resources nor the budgets to handle the massive influx of immigrants we are experiencing and are expected to experience in the very near future. Our scarce resources are in danger of being rapidly depleted to the point that we will be unable to effectively care for our own citizens and our existing homeless population, many of whom are American veterans.
We, whom you represent, request that you put politics aside and support the President of the United States in his request for the supplemental funding necessary to effectively address this crisis and provide the New Mexicans you serve with the relief we so desperately need. We implore you to protect the border and proved processes that protect immigrants and/or asylum seekers crossing into the United States properly and legally.
It is with our constituent’s [sic] support and with their well-being in mind that we request you exercise your elected duty to the people whom you serve and act now in this emergency situation to overcome the politics in addressing this humanitarian crisis with no further delay. Please work with the President to give relief and security to both New Mexicans and the immigrants entering through our southern border.
— Jim Townsend (@LeaderTownsend) May 23, 2019
The letter was retweeted by the official White House account.
The letter is much kinder than I would have worded it considering the untenable attempts to subvert the truth by Democrats and mainstream media. They pretend like there’s not a real problem to appease their base on the coasts. Meanwhile, American citizens and migrants alike are suffering horribly as a result of Capitol Hill’s unwillingness to act.
Until the American people acknowledge this emergency and demand the Democrats cease their indefensible stance on the crisis, they’ll continue to delay and distract as long as possible. One might argue this is their attempt to normalize illegal immigration just long enough until they can regain the White House and set us down a path of full-blown open borders.
This isn’t an immigration crisis. It’s an illegal immigration crisis.
This isn’t about bigotry. It’s about the reality of the situation.
We, as conservatives, must regain our footing on this issue. The left wants to portray this as somehow racist when in reality it’s all about our sovereignty and making sure we’re defending our borders from literal invaders. No other country is as generous to those whose first interaction with our country is to break the law by crossing the border away from designated ports of entry. Yet the Democrats continue to paint this as an issue regarding race.
We either have a country or we don’t. We need immigrants. We need those who come into the country legally, not the masses who intend to file for asylum so they can be released to the interior for a time. The truth of this situation is such that if we had an honest media, the vast majority of Americans would be allowed to recognize the truth based solely on the facts alone. But we don’t have an honest media. We have a media that has a progressive agenda and they’re willing to defend that agenda to the detriment of the nation.
“We must protect our borders now!” – Jim Townsend
New Mexico is ground zero of the migrant crisis. While citizens and migrants suffer, both the whole of the Democratic Party and most of mainstream media continues to stick their heads in the sand. This has reached the point of lunacy.
Cuban illegal immigrant apprehensions increase 1600% in Del Rio Sector alone
Central American migrants may get the bulk of the attention from Border Patrol since they account for the largest groups crossing our southern border illegally, but Cubans have been making their way into Mexico and on to the United States at a higher rate than ever, up 1600% in the Del Rio Sector alone.
“This recent trend in the Del Rio Sector area of responsibility of Cuban Nationals crossing the border illegally between the POEs highlights the complexity of the immigration problem and the need for an immediate solution,” said Del Rio Sector Acting Chief Patrol Agent Randy Davis.
— CBP South Texas (@CBPSouthTexas) May 22, 2019
Del Rio Sector has seen increases in illegal immigrant apprehensions from 30 countries other than Mexico, accounting for 23,000 apprehensions, a 450% increase year-over-year.
Our sovereignty has become the joke of the world. We are no longer a nation that is willing to defend our own borders or protect our citizens. This was the case in Europe recently and it has harmed many of the nations of the European Union to the point that some of them are finally starting to say “no more.” Are we going to wait until more tragedies strike (there have been more tragedies than we can document here) before we start taking this crisis seriously?
My best friend is a legal Cuban immigrant. She has been a wonderful and loyal friend as well as a patriotic American. She is even more opposed to illegal immigration than I am because she’s seen how it has taken away many of her own opportunities and cast a stigma on her that is not indicative of her own lawful behavior. She, like so many millions of American immigrants, want the illegal aliens to stop breaking the law as their first action in America.
This needs to come to a quick and decisive end. We will no longer be a nation if we continue allowing anyone and everyone to enter the country and roam free.
“Migrants seeking entry into the United States need to present themselves at a Port of Entry to be lawfully admitted.” – Randy Davis
The word is out, and not just in Central America. Our southern borders are barely protected and our laws are conducive to illegal immigrants who want to claim asylum. This is becoming an existential threat to American citizens.
Sanctuary policies fail 14-year-old Ariana Funes-Diaz again as her suspected MS-13 murderers released a second time
The story of Ariana Funes-Diaz’s death is saddening because it was completely preventable. Our initial report failed to determine her alleged murderers had already been detained and released a year before she was killed.
MS-13 gang members Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce and Joel Ernesto Escobar were in the custody of Prince George County in Maryland with ICE detainer orders on them, but the sanctuary rules in the jurisdiction allowed their release. They allegedly claimed another victim less than a year later, had another detainer put on them following their arrest, and have again been released so they could avoid deportation.
Let that sink in. Murder suspects have been released by law enforcement because of sanctuary rules in place. There is absolutely no way for Democrats to spin this, but in their minds they’re doing the right thing because the rights of gang member illegal immigrants are higher than the rights of American citizens.
ICE has rightly condemned the rules that allowed this and the law enforcement agencies that are failing to protect Americans.
Following the recent arrest of two unlawfully present teens suspected in the violent murder of a young girl in Maryland, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers in Baltimore are again seeking to take custody of the illegal aliens through the ICE detainer process following the Prince George’s County Detention Center’s (PGCDC) failure to cooperate.
Josue Rafael Fuentes-Ponce and Joel Ernesto Escobar, both Salvadoran nationals, were previously arrested on May 11, 2018 when they were arrested by Prince George’s County Police Department (PGCPD) for attempted first-degree murder, attempted second-degree murder, participation in gang activity, conspiracy to commit murder, attempted robbery, and other related charges. ICE officers lodged a detainer with PGCDC, however both were released on an unknown date and time without notification to ICE.
Sanctuary rules give the freedom of criminal illegal aliens higher priority than the safety of American citizens. Ariana Funes-Diaz would be alive today if her MS-13 gang member murderers weren’t protected by Democrats. It’s infuriating.
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