TROOPS NEEDED ON BORDER -- IT'S A WAR ZONE THERE
Today's Houston Chronicle (registration required) carries a piece by Los Angeles Times' writer Richard Marosi that paints a sobering picture of life along the contiguous U.S.-Mexico border for U.S. Border Patrol agents. It should remind Americans that invasions don't have to be mounted in armored vehicles, troop carriers, or on amphibious landing craft; and it should put in bold relief the consequences of not beefing up the ranks of Border Patrol agents, not moving troops to the border, and not protecting American property owners who, like all of us, should be afforded the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness without being overrun and violated by 10,000 illegal aliens a day.
Excerpts from Mr. Marosi's column follow:
Assaults against U.S. Border Patrol agents nearly doubled along the Mexican border over the past year as patrols cracking down on drug trafficking and migrant smuggling encountered increasing resistance — including the use of rocks, Molotov cocktails and gunfire.
At least 687 assaults against agents were reported during the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30, up from the previous year's total of 354 and the highest since the agency began tracking assaults across the Southwest border in the late 1990s, according to Border Patrol officials.
In many attacks, smugglers hurled softball-size rocks or fired high-powered slingshot devices loaded with marbles and ball bearings. Some tried to run over agents with vehicles. In some cases, smugglers and migrants fought with agents and tossed wooden pallets to block their pursuers. Dented and damaged vehicles sit in Border Patrol parking lots.
In Tucson and San Diego, the most violent sectors, agents reported being shot at 43 times — up from 18 the previous year. No agents were killed, but three suffered leg wounds. At least 20 more were hospitalized, many with head injuries from rocks.
Agents fatally shot five suspected smugglers in the Tucson and San Diego sectors. In one recent case, officials said, an agent struggled with and killed a man who was armed with a semiautomatic weapon and was suspected of waiting to pick up migrants.
Back on August 26th, I wrote in this post:
I wonder if the art of bringing down a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter is an addendum to the Mexican government's "How-To" guide for illegally breeching the U.S. southern border. Or maybe these tactics are taught at Mexico's government-subsidized "staging areas" where Mexican nationals and other-than-Mexicans hook up with human smugglers.
If an insurgent(s) brings down a U.S. military helicopter in Iraq or Afghanistan, and by whatever means, it's big news and for many confirms the need to take the war to the terrorists and kill them dead.
But what about the invasion along our southern border and the crime and mayhem being inflicted on Border Patrol agents and American citizens and property owners?
There are 10,000 illegal aliens crossing our southern border with Mexico daily and included in that count are MS-13 gang members and the terrorists and professional assassins they are likely smuggling into the United States.
The U.S. government should recall its ambassador to Mexico home from Mexico City, send Mexico's ambassador to the United States packing, and President Bush should demand a meeting with El Presidente Vicente Fox at the White House (or, better yet, in Laredo, Texas) to lay out for him, finally and irrevocably, the steps, including military action, that the United States government will take against the government of Mexico should there be another assault of a U.S. Border Patrol agent or American civilian by an illegal alien(s).
Such action(s) could begin with staging U.S. military personnel along this country's contiguous border with Mexico and establishing military bases in proximity to key human and illicit drugs smuggling corridors; it could be ramped up with military forays into neighboring Mexican border towns to destroy "staging areas" for illegal entry into the United States; and it could be crowned with significantly stepped up deportation of illegals.
I guess no one in Washington (and certainly not in the White House) read this or, if they did, acted on it. I guess we don't want to ruffle any feathers in Mexico City. I guess the president is going to persist in talking about the need for a global war on terror in the absence of something as fundamental as securing our own borders first. Cannot our elected officials in Washington connect the dots or do they take us for fools while we subsidize so-called "cheap labor" for American industry and, get this, the "cheap labor" in turn finds the wherewithal to send billions of dollars in remittances (scroll down) back to their homelands?
When you read a post like this, do you take the time to write your Congressmen and the President of the United States?
IF IT IS TO BE, THAN IT'S UP TO ME !!!
ADDENDUM: Patrick Buchanan writes in Human Events:
Both Bushes embraced the “open borders” immigration policy the Wall Street Journal has trumpeted for two decades. Result: We have 10-15 million illegal aliens in our country, among whom gangs like the murderous Mara Salvatrucha are proliferating. Native-born California taxpayers are fleeing the Golden State, as Third World tax consumers pour in. So great is the crisis on the Mexican border even the liberal Democratic governors of New Mexico and Arizona have declared states of emergency. Meanwhile 35,000 U.S. troops stand guard—on the border of South Korea.
FOLLOW-UP: The Dan Stein Report posts on this much-needed enforcment-related legislation -- read it so that you can be specific in your letter-writing campaign. I posted on the same subject on November 3rd. Stay informed. Work your Congressmen!