Friday, September 3, 2010

National Attention to Border Inaction

OK, I've found the subject that I'm going to be shrill about.  I've been posting for a while about what I believe should be done along the US-Mexico Border.  I've pointed out what I believe is wrong, and I've posted a couple of times about what I think should be done.

The federal government has been delinquent in its duty to secure our borders for decades.  This is not an "Obama" problem, or even a "Bush" problem.  This is a problem where even Reagan failed to take sufficient action to stem the flow of illegal aliens.  

There has always been some enforcement along the border.  The government hasn't allowed itself to be seen as completely abandoning the border.  The Border Patrol has been beefed up several times in the past, and the president promises to do it again.  Shannon recently had an encounter with the Border Patrol that is pretty much indicative of what the present administration wants to do:  Hassle ordinary citizens well within the border, do things that can be seen but don't do much good, and act like the problem will go away.  I posted at one time about an area  in Arizona that's been marked as off limits.  Apparently whole sections of Arizona are being marked as no-man's land by the federal government.

And now the national press is starting to notice:

The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.
Emphasis mine.  H/T to Dvorak.

So now, rather than enforce our border and protect our citizens from foreign invaders, they're just warning us that some places over 100 miles from the border aren't safe for us to use and leaving it at that.

Someone please wake me up when the rest of the country gets as pissed off as I am.  Thanks.


Shannon said...

It's the decades of inactivity that have made locations so far away from the border unsafe to begin with, and you could almost surmise that it is too late to lock it down. I live about 55 miles north of the border, and there is an extreme amount of activity. That Pinal County Sheriff who was shot in the stomach by an illeged illegal immigrant wielding an AK-47 is over 100 miles north of where I am, so is it safe to assume that the bulk of this fair state is 'not safe?'

When asked about their preference of location, the BP agents at the local checkpoint will tell you that they'd rather be enforcing the border - they have a hunger to execute their duties where they feel it will have the biggest impact. Nevertheless, they are diligent in their vehicles, with dogs and ATV's in our area - and I'm glad they're here.

Good rant DB - very good.

commoncents said...

Love your blog! Keep up the great work!!

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