Monday, June 20

SOUTH TEXAS LANDOWNERS UNPROTECTED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

The plight of Texas landowners along the contiguous border with Mexico is the subject of an article by Edward Hegstrom in today's edition of the "Houston Chronicle" (registration required) and, after reading it, one must surmise that the preamble to the United States Constitution doesn't apply to Americans who own land that illegal immigrants choose to use for crossing corridors into this country.

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

If you're a landowner in southern Texas, your rights to justice, domestic tranquility, a common defense, general welfare, and the blessings of liberty have been forsaken by an American government content with under staffing and under funding the U.S. Border Patrol and reluctant to move troops to the border to protect your constitutional rights. Indeed, the rights of illegal immigrants almost always come before yours.

... the ranchers said they're fed up with the destruction and occasional violence caused by illegal immigrants crossing their land. They said the problem has worsened in recent years, and they want to draw attention to the issue.

"Sometimes I wonder if the rest of the country understands what's happening on the border," said Fred Schuster, a vegetable farmer along the Rio Grande. "As someone who was born and raised here, I can say it is out of control."

As Edward Hegstrom continues:

South Texas also has a long history with Mexico. Most of the Texas ranchers speak Spanish, and some of them acknowledged that it used to be common to put the illegal immigrants to work.

But they said immigrants now are sometimes violent, and they worry especially about the increased presence of immigrants from other nations. The illegal immigrants beat up ranchhands, scare landowners, steal vehicles and break into homes, said Lavoyger Durham, one of the ranchers present.

And another story by Ioan Grillo in today's "Houston Chronicle' must come as a source of tremendous reassurance for these American landowners in south Texas, particularly for those in proximity to Laredo, Texas, and its sister city on the Mexican side, Nuevo Laraedo:

It was a gangland murder crime scene in Nuevo Laredo.

In a high-profile operation, the government of Vicente Fox last week sent in about 300 commandos, paramilitary police and federal agents to police this dangerous border city where two drug cartels are fighting for control of smuggling routes into Texas.

But so far, the array of officers apparently has done little to contain the brazen violence, which has claimed the lives of more than 70 people this year.

Two more men were killed over the weekend, one in broad daylight outside city hall in apparent drug-related violence. There were also several shootouts, including one in which gunmen with automatic rifles and grenades attacked residents at a motel . The residents fled and have not been seen since.

"There were a lot of nice images of the troops coming in for the television cameras," said Raymundo Ramos, head of the Nuevo Laredo Human Rights Committee. "But we are not seeing an effective coordinated operation to root out the drug traffickers."

Must be a wonderful feeling to be impacted daily by a corrupt, ineffective government to the south of you that willfully exports its poor, its criminals, its unhealthy, and its drugs, meanwhile being woefully under-protected by your own government whose president and Congress seem more concerned with amnesty legislation for illegals, than in protecting the rights of its own citizens and property owners along the border.

Maybe had President Bush bought a big ranch in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas, rather than in Crawford, the problem would be contained, rather than out of control.

"It's almost like it's every man for himself," said Mike Vickers, a rancher and veterinarian in Falfurrias.
Our elected public officials ought to be ashamed of themselves that any American citizen can say such a thing with complete candor and legitimacy. The situation is disgraceful and American voters had better insist on Constitutional protections for citizens of this country whose land and well-being are being violated by 10 - 20 million illegal immigrants on the loose in this country.