- Posted July 21, 2012 by
Border fence doesn't keep anyone out
As Nailer* and I rode along the fence line following the order between Arizona and Mexico clouds darkened and the drops started to splatter on the cracked windshield.
While the cooler air rushing through the open window next to me felt good it also created a race against the clock. The road beside the fence has more inclines and drops in it than the roller coaster at the Yuma County Fair. If the rain came too hard and too fast the dirt road under the tires would be turned into a muddy skating rink and there would be no hope of being able to climb the next rise when we started back to the house.
The Mexico/United States barrier – called the ‘border fence’ in the U.S. – is actually several barriers designed to prevent “undocumented aliens” from crossing the border. Built in three sections meant to stem the tide of illegal drugs the barriers were “strategically placed” from Texas to California.
Operation Gatekeeper below San Diego created more difficulties for the drug cartel to cross. When resources were concentrated on the western area of the border, border crossers were driven towards El Paso, Texas where Operation Hold the Line – and another fence – was erected.
Leaving a gap in the middle at Nogales, Arizona, a Port of Entry – and another fence – was established. Operation Safeguard, as the structure was called in Arizona, was built to reduce illegal entries into the Sonoran desert as well as reduce local crime rate.
Illegal immigrants and drug cartels are like water; they all follow the path of least resistance. When the three “operations” went online in San Diego, El Paso and Nogales, it wasn’t long before the cartels found that the desert along Sasabe, Arizona was an easy spot to cross.
Realizing too late the problem that had been created, the DHS (Department of Homeland Security) built another Port of Entry – and a section of fence – just outside of the little town of ten people.
The fence, only five miles long, was built more for public relations and marketing than any form of real security. Only the dumbest drug smuggler would be thwarted by the fence. From any spot along the border fence he would only have to walk less than 2.5 miles to reach the end of the barrier where he could litteraly walk around the end of the barrier and continue his trip northward.
Another wasted effort by the Border Patrol was the building of a $5 million dollar facility to hold smugglers and illegal immigrants until they could be processed and returned to Mexico.
Built on land in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge, the Border Patrol never sought permission to put a building there. Once it was completed, BLM (Bureau of Land Management) denied the Border Patrol use of the facility. In the five years since it was constructed, not one smuggler or illegal immigrant has been housed there.