Monday, August 15, 2005


It is said that Nature abhors a vacuum. In an effort to reach equilibrium between the low pressure area of higher wages, job availability and labor demand in the United States, there is a steady flow of people from the high pressure area of no jobs, low wages and excess labor in Mexico. This creates the distinct possibility of a major terrorist attack upon the United States by facilitating terrorist infiltration. For a worst case scenario, read this.

From a 2003 article by Roger Moore:
“The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened) against domestic Violence.” – Article IV; Section 4 United States Constitution
All but ignored by the U.S. military and our elected political leaders, a concealed war on our southern border continues to escalate.

While the United States is willing to go thousands of miles to confront the more visible supporters and sponsors of terrorism and spend billions of dollars doing so, why is it that the Bush administration, both parties in Congress and the Pentagon are ignoring a security threat in our own back yard? That threat is twofold:

First, it includes the growth of criminal violence and an increasing vulnerability to terrorist infiltration stemming from continuous invasion of illegals across the porous U.S.-Mexican border.

The situation is steadily worsening because of U.S. inaction. The Bush White House euphemistically cites “cultural and historical reasons” for the kid-gloves treatment of this invasion. In fact, political expediency and group-identity politics are to blame.

The second aspect of this war is a quiet but concerted effort by the Mexican government to extend its political influence over the 9 million Mexicans living in the United States.

Here is an illustration of the high pressure south of the border, from the Brownsville Herald:
MEXICO CITY, August 14, 2005 — Nuevo Laredo, Tijuana and similar border communities that are battlegrounds in a drug cartel turf war are also victims of their own economic success, according to border watchers and officials who offer theories on the worsening violence there.

In a recent interview with The Brownsville Herald, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Tony Garza said the rise of the maquiladora industry in the 1970s brought more people than jobs to the country’s northern edge.

Garza said rapid population growth on both sides of the border has not been matched by job market growth or improvements to the area’s schools, law enforcement or infrastructure.

“When you create environments like that, you create vulnerabilities in terms of underclasses … people who are moving through the community,” Garza said.

He believes immigrants who did not find work at border factories turned their eyes north. “People were moving to the border from the interior to chase the dream of the maquila job in Mexico. When that didn’t keep pace, it (the dream) was just to keep moving.”

A lot of people wanting to keep moving to the north. And in the United States there is a large demand for the low-cost labor those people represent. From the LA Times via Yahoo:
FRESNO — The nectarine came off the branch with a rustle of leaves and a snap of the stem. The flesh was soft and light, with a tangy aftertaste that was only slightly sour.

It was a few days from being perfectly ripe — and that, said Central Valley labor contractor Fred Garza, was a problem. It might have been too ripe to make the market in time.

"The harvest started getting away from us. We should have 25 men here, but we only have six," Garza said while standing in a nectarine orchard last month.

"I've lost two jobs this season because I couldn't get people — any people," said Garza, who generally employs about 2,500 men. This summer, he has only 1,500 workers. "And I'm one of the largest labor suppliers around here. If I'm having trouble, everybody's having trouble."

California's farm labor contractors and growers said they struggle to find enough workers for the summer harvests because tougher border enforcement and competition from the booming construction industry and other sectors are shrinking agriculture's primary workforce: undocumented Mexican immigrants.

This natural flow from South to North, besides the obvious danger of terrorist infiltration, creates an immense burden on our infrastructure. From the Houston Chronicle:
You don't need to make a trip to the Texas-Mexico border to realize the failure of our nation's immigration policy — you need only make a journey to Ben Taub Hospital or the Harris County Jail. From either place you can witness firsthand the total and abject failure of a federal policy that wastes billions of dollars in an attempt to protect our borders and drives up local property taxes to the point of near revolt by homeowners across Texas.

We are being overwhelmed by the flow of illegal immigrants, with no evidence that we can stop it.

We can bemoan the failure of our federal government or we can become engaged at the state and local level to discourage the flow of illegals. I'm tired of waiting on the federal government and fearful that any new policy on illegal immigration will only be a repeat of the 1986 act that granted amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants.

Some are attempting to restrict the uncontrolled flow northward. In an official capacity, we have this from the Albuquerque Journal:
Gov. Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency along New Mexico's 180-mile border with Mexico on Friday, pledging $1.75 million to beef up law enforcement and tackle increasing crime.

"Recent developments have convinced me this action is necessary— including violence directed at law enforcement, damage to property and livestock, increased evidence of drug smuggling, and an increase in the number of undocumented immigrants," Richardson said in a prepared statement.

Others are trying to assist in the control effort in an unofficial capacity. From the Corpus Christi Caller-Times:
HOUSTON- The organizer of a volunteer group that has taken up the cause of combatting illegal immigration brought his recruiting efforts to Houston on Sunday, comparing the group's border surveillance to that of a neighborhood watch.
Minuteman Civil Defense Corp. President Chris Simcox, who trained about 30 volunteers in Houston late Sunday, said he's looking for people willing to set up a lawn chair, use a pair of binoculars and program Border Patrol's number into their cell phones.

"We are the nation's largest neighborhood watch program," Simcox said outside a Houston airport hangar where his members privately trained new volunteers. "We sit in lawn chairs and we observe. And when we spot illegal activity, we report that to the proper authorities."

The group is planning to patrol Texas' border with Mexico in October, repeating an action it took along Arizona's border in April.

Whether the final solution resides in military, non-military governmental agencies, or ad hoc civilian volunteer groups, or a combination of these, control of the flow across the border is essential. The possible alternatives are not good:

The technician opened his case and took a wire that ran from the back of the truck along the floorboards. He plugged it into a jack in the simple switching device in the case. He looked at the driver and smiled. The driver smiled back. They both began to recite a prayer in Arabic while looking over the San Diego harbor. At some point in the prayer, without really thinking about it, the technician threw the switch. In the next instant, at the intersection of North Harbor Drive and West Broadway in San Diego, California on a warm August morning, a miniature version of the Sun appeared on the surface of the Earth.

Separation of economic immigrants from terrorist infiltrators is not possible with complete control of who crosses the borders.

What are YOU going to do?

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