I am of two or more minds when it comes to the southern border of the United States of America. I can see that the ranchers are upset about the trespassing and trashing of their land that they are paying for and I can see the mojado’s (wetbacks in Mexican slang) point of view. If you are hungry and you have no prospects of getting a job where you live the things you have to do are what you have to do to rectify that situation.
The illegal immigrant has been crossing the southern border of the US for years. I don’t think it will change much any time soon. The country is harsh and dry and the walk is long and hot and dusty. Most of the crossings are done in the dark of night. It makes the illegals hard to spot and while the temps in the summer make for hot nights they are not as hot as in the day. Also, the Border Patrol is now using pretty high tech equipment to run surveillance on the border. I have personally seen tethered blimps with down looking radar that can scan a huge amount of land and transmit the images back to the BP tech operations and dispatch. There are rumors that the unmanned drones will be brought to the area to help increase the eyes on the border. These are the same types of unmanned aircraft that is used in Afghanistan. There is even a web site you can monitor and watch for activity there on the border and you can call a phone number to report what you have seen. Big Brother is coming to the Mexican border, to coin a phrase, if you will.
The ranchers are rightfully upset about the trespassing and the trashing of their ranches. It has been said that some ranchers are losing cattle to slaughter and in some cases range land has been set on fire by people in trouble and trying to signal the BP for help. There are not any convenience stores out in the desert and if you run out of food and water you have a great chance of dying. Mexicans have, in desperation, approached ranch houses and asked for help. Most of the time the Mexicans will get the aid or food and water required but the ranchers will also call the local BP headquarters and tell them to come get the mojados.
After the Mexicans are picked up and processed at the BP headquarters, if the Mexicans don’t have a US criminal record, they are moved to the border and released. The Mexicans will generally attempt another try at the border after resting up. This cycle will be repeated several times before the US will jail them. The BP also requires that all gates on the border ranches have combination locks with the same combination so the BP can enter and search the land for illegals.
The US Mexican border is over 2,000 miles of some of the most hostile and brutal country in the world. My opinion that this border may not ever be secure. I don’t think there enough resources to do that. More on this subject will be written in the not too distant future.