Saturday, March 05, 2005

A Report from The Mexican Border

Here's a piece by Senator Kyl of Arizona about his recent visit to the border with Mexico. The need for action is clear and immediate. I continue to support the Bush plan or something like it as the quickest, most effective way to get a handle on who is coming into the USA from Mexico.

More on this later. I have to conduct a seminar this morning,


Anonymous Anonymous said...

The FAST dedicated lane, as I understand it, improves speed by migrating the inspection point(s) and certification away from the crossing, but also bolsters security by improving the tracking and auditing of that segment of the traffic, much like the DCL (Dedicated Commuter Lane) efforts. Legitmate traffic will have a huge incentive to participate/cooperate in the form of logistical benefits. I don't see why the overwhelming majority of commercial traffic won't end up crossing in this manner in the near future (if the capacity is there).

I understand the call for more agents but regard such measures as stop-gap at best. Problems along the AZ border were relatively unheard of until the El Paso and San Diego sectors were beefed up. Even then I know that crossing illegally in El Paso remains a daily occurrence, even in heavily patrolled areas. I've even crossed over myself, and back, without any detection (then again...), just a few Kms from a large BP facility and busy port (near El Paso).

I'm pretty sure the vast majority of those who risk crossing in the manner described in AZ are first time crossers. Those more experienced undocumenteds (I s'pose we can't say 'mojados' anymore) who already have jobs waiting likely cross at legitmate ports w/ forged documentation or on their own without being exposed to Coyote extortion. Just a hunch of my own, however.

Also, a lot of the increase in violence in AZ has been tied to competition among rival Coyote gangs.

What I've heard so far about the Bush plan, such as it is, I like. The only way to address the interborder traffic is to normalize it. I would think that anyone who's traveled the SW fronteriza can see that arresting this traffic, or "closing" the border, is a pipe dream.

Nice, albeit brief, post, Sr. Erizo. 

Posted by Gringo Salado

Saturday, March 05, 2005 11:57:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Something like 30,000 of California's state prison inmates are illegal aliens from Mexico. I'm sure Arizona's numbers are similiar on a population adjusted basis. There is no benefit to our nation from this unchecked illegal immigration.  

Posted by OSAPian

Saturday, March 05, 2005 7:02:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, gee, I wonder what crime(s) these ILLEGAL immigrants have been incarcerated for?

In AZ, about 4% of the prison population are undocumented immigrants.


Posted by Gringo Salado

Saturday, March 05, 2005 11:59:00 PM  

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