If the border is so secure why are there dead bodies all over the place?by Hugh Holub on Apr. 29, 2011, under border issues, border patrol, drug smuggling, mexican drug cartels, politics
Leo Banks, the premiere free lance writer covering border stories in southern Arizona, has another provactive article out:
I’m betting that when President Obama met with his open borders supporters at the White House last week, he didn’t mention the human skulls.
Why would he? Loose heads only confuse matters when you’re making a pre-2012 play for comprehensive immigration reform, based on the crackerjack job the Administration has done securing the border.
It’s a political fairy tale, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the chief wand-waver. She’s been on a multi-week speaking tour, including a session with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly last Wednesday, boasting of the unprecedented resources she has shipped to the Southwest.
The border is as secure as it’s ever been, she proclaims, so couldn’t we just move it along and stop talking about the armed bandits roving Arizona’s backcountry, the recurring shootouts between rival cartels, the smugglers sniping at Border Patrol, and of course, the skulls that keep popping up?
In Leo’s article he notes that one of the ranchers, who is in ground zero of one of the cartel smuggling corridors, won’t talk on the record any more about what is going on west of Rio Rico and Nogales because of fear of retaliation from the cartels.
I heard the same concern from other ranchers in the area this week.
The cartel that is trying to control the region west of Nogales is tightening its grip on both sides of the border, and for the most part, the Border Patrol is missing in action out there.
On Tuesday April 26th I was with a group of ranchers and some interesting folks from Washington DC taking a look at the border west of Nogales. We drove all the way down from Ruby Road to the border in California Gulch and back and never saw a Border Patrol agent. That corridor was wide open for smugglers.
When the DC folks asked the ranchers about calling the Border Patrol when smugglers are spotted, one of them asked “why put a target on our backs?”