Some ideas about how to really secure the borderby Hugh Holub on Dec. 16, 2010, under border issues, drug smuggling, politics
The death of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry highlights the fact that the border is not secure.
Between illegal aliens crossing, drug smugglers crossing, and bandits preying on the illegals, parts of our border are a war zone….especially in the area west of Nogales.
We have smugglers and bandits running around the countryside with automatic weapons.
Here are some suggestions of how to really stop all this:
Create a military zone: A lot of the land along the border in Arizona is federal…National Forest, BLM, National Wildlife Refuges, bombing ranges, and two military bases.
Under Posse Comitatus, we cannot use military inside the country to enforce our laws.
But what if all the federal land …National Forest, BLM, etc …along our border were turned over to the military for a while, and various troops…Marines…Special Forces units, etc…were trained in these areas?
Instead of depending solely on Border Patrol and a few outposts of National Guard, lets put thousands of troops into the area next to the border in training missions.
Stopping the smuggling of people in the area and rooting out the armed bandits and cartelists looks a lot like counter-insurgency missions in Afghanistan.
Maybe if the smugglers realize they will not be running into lightly armed Border Patrol agents, but serious military capacity that will shoot back …they might think twice about trying to cross.
Designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist organizations. They aren’t. Why not?
Saturate the border with Border Patrol agents. DR, one of the commentors on this blog, described the situation the other day perfectly:
• This latest incident took place behind my house. I watched the 50 or so BP vehicles stream into the area all night long. The national forest was lit up like a small city. I used to hunt and hike in this area. It is a beautiful, pristine area. Not anymore. Even if you carry a gun you cannot be assured that some nutcase won’t take a shot at you from the top of a ridge. A couple of months ago I watched a load of pot being crammed into an SUV; on my property no less, in broad daylight. I am sick and tired of it. It is ongoing, day after day after day.
Perhaps those in charge may want t0 consider trying to protect the border and not the region. Stop the charade of trying to police the areas 15- 150 miles inside of the U. S. To much land to police and to few agents to do it with. Perhaps concentrate on the border. Less land to cover, same amount of agents. What a novel concept.
As far as I’m concerned, Agent Terry’s blood is on the hands of those in charge of the current, numb-skull strategy. It is insanity. I am livid, outraged and just wish somebody, ANYBODY would pay attention. Dammit!
Border area residents have complained for years about the deployment of the Border Patrol. It makes no sense to us border residents to scatter the Border Patrol 30-60-90 miles inland from the border, and leave the actual border unguarded.
The Border Patrol resources must be concentrated at the border.
Target the border bandits. A major problem in the borderlands are the bandits. Increase the attack on them with special units.
More Forward Observation Bases. One effort that has worked are FOB’s .
Finish the Darned Fence. Obvious…and station military folks and BP agents reight at the fence.
Create a Special Tohono O’odham police unit: A major problem area along the border is on the Tohono O’odham Reservation. Back during the Apaches wars, the Spaniards, the Mexicans and the US recruited special units of O’Odham soldiers to protect the Santa Cruz Valley. Since the O’Odham take a dim view of US forces running around their lands, empower them so their own folks can protect their lands.
Increase the penalties for illegal entry and over-staying visas. It is nuts to think having illegal entry as a misdemeanor is going to stop people from crossing the line. Overstaying a visa isn’t even a crime. Make both felony violations.
Do not tolerate being shot at from across the line. One of the biggest problems the US has faced since the Korean War is we draw lines and don’t cross those lines to deal with enemies who are shooting at us.
Whether it was the lines drawn around Viet Nam that our troops couldn’t cross, or the border with Pakistan…or the border with Mexico…there should be no place someone can run to and hide if they shoot at us.
Parts of Mexico…especially along the US border…are being taken over by drug cartels. The cartels are smuggling drugs into the US, and cartelistas are carrying automatic weapons and shooting at our folks.
Right now someone can shoot at our Border Patrol or National Guard troops from Mexico and there is nothing the US will do about it, except maybe send a nasty note to Mexico City.
How many dead ranchers and Border Patrol agents will it take for the US to wake up to the fact there is a war going on next door, and it is spilling over into the US?
The border will not be secure on our side if it is not also secured on the Mexican side of the line.
We need to send Mexico a firm note saying if they don’t not stop the armed drug smugglers from their side of the border, we will. And we will not stop at the border to do this.
Maybe the US military cannot operate inside the US due to Posse Comitatus…but they sure as heck can chase drug smugglers into Mexico. They sure as heck can dig the cartel gangs out of the Mexican border cities.
Right now we have over a hundred thousand troops making life safe for Afghanistan residents….but our border is bleeding.
Give Mexico 30 days to send their troops in huge numbers in the border cities being terrorized by the cartels and root them out. If they don’t….then we will.
Drug and people smugglers in Mexico think they can cross our border with impunity…then guess what…so can we.
Finally…we do need to reform our immigrations laws. But as long as people are getting killed in the borderlands, do not expect Congress to act on immigration law reform. The border must be secured before anything else is pursued.
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