But recently Obama and his people have expressed interest in securing the southern border—Mexico’s southern border, that is:
Obama administration and Mexican government officials recently discussed creating a three-tier security system designed to protect Mexico’s southern border from drug and human traffickers, according to U.S. officials.
Obama Administration Considers Plan to Bolster Mexico’s Southern Border by Bill Gertz, Washington Free Beacon, August 22, 2013
Oh, and they want to do it with your money!
The border control plan calls for U.S. funding and technical support of three security lines extending more than 100 miles north of Mexico’s border with Guatemala and Belize. The border security system would use sensors and intelligence-gathering to counter human trafficking and drug running from the region, a major source of illegal immigration into the United States.
According to the officials who discussed the U.S.-Mexican talks on condition of anonymity, the Mexican government proposed setting up three security cordons using electronic sensors and other security measures along the southern Mexican border, along a line some 20 miles from the southern border, and along a third security line about 140 miles from the southern Mexican territorial line.
The plan would be funded in part through the Merida Initiative, a U.S.-led anti-drug trafficking program that has involved nearly $2 billion in U.S. funds.
The Free Beacon article quoted a critic of the plan:
Asked to comment on the southern Mexico border security plan, Rep. Ted Poe (R., Texas), a senior member of the House Homeland Security subcommittee on immigration, said he opposes the effort. “We need to take care of the United States first when it comes to border security,” he told the Free Beacon. “The United States seems to be very concerned about protecting the border of other nations and needs to be more concerned about protecting our own border.”
Amen to that, Congressman Poe. But in the meantime try to improve your NumbersUSA immigration grade (currently a mediocre B).
Of course, there is a problem on Mexico’s southern border. Like our own, it’s porous. The number of Central American illegal aliens in the United States is increasing, and that’s how they’re getting here—they enter Mexico illegally, cross Mexico, and enter the United States illegally.
It may be a surprise to some Americans that Mexico has a porous border with Guatemala. In fact, in 2010, a report circulated in the blogosphere that the Mexican state of Chiapas was constructing a wall on its border with Guatemala. This was derided as an example of Mexican hypocrisy—they build a wall but don’t want us to.
But you have to be careful about the internet, including some of the material circulated on the immigration patriot side. (Which is why you should give to VDARE.COM!—our articles are professionally edited and carefully hyperlinked to primary sources).
Significantly, the report originated in the Guatemalan media: MIGRATION-LATIN AMERICA: Another Wall Blocks Route to U.S., [By Danilo Valladares, IPS, September 2010]. Which makes sense—just as there is hypersensitivity in Mexico about their illegals here, so there is heightened interest in Guatemala about their illegals in Mexico.
Mexico’s border with Guatemala is 541 miles long— about a quarter the length of the U.S.-Mexican border. It’s pretty much wide open and much is sparsely populated. It crosses forested regions, rivers, lakes, farmland, pasture, valleys and mountains, some of which are in the 13,000 feet above sea level range.
Spend a few hours exploring it on Google Earth. You’ll see what I mean—and you won’t see a border wall protecting Mexican territory.
Journalists report Central American illegal aliens crossing the Suchiate River into Mexico in broad daylight, right under the noses of Mexican officials. [In Trek North, First Lure Is Mexico’s Other Line, By Randal C. Archibold, NYT, April 26, 2013] Click here for a video of illegals crossing the river on a zip line.
But while the illegals rarely get stopped at the actual border, it’s much more likely they get stopped at a chokepoint along a road in the interior of Mexico.
Still, plenty of them are getting through. In October 2012, the Mexican government reported that about 400,000 illegal aliens enter Mexico through its southern border annually. Of this 400,000 total, some 80,000 are sent back to their countries, while 70,000 manage to cross the northern border into the U.S.
The other 250,000 wind up staying in Mexico. And the Mexican government doesn’t want that. (Now that’s hypocritical!)
Before current president Enrique Pena Nieto took office this past December, Arnulfo Valdivia, one of his coordinators, stated that the goal of the Pena Nieto administration would be
diminish the number of indocumentados [illegal aliens] who are concentrated on the northern border [of Mexico] without possibilities of crossing it, forming belts of poverty [in Mexico]. [Peña quiere 'patrulla fronteriza' mexicana, by Miriam Castillo, Milenio, October 9th, 2012]
Which brings us back to our starting point. By keeping our own border porous, we are contributing to a hemisphere-wide humanitarian disaster.
The solution: close down our own border, enforce immigration law inside the U.S.—and not grant Amnesty.
As for co-operating with Mexico to control their borders? You’ve got to be kidding me!
Let’s get control of our own border—and Mexico can run its own immigration policy as it sees fit.
American citizen Allan Wall (email him) moved back to the U.S.A. after many years residing in Mexico. Allan's wife is Mexican, and their two sons are bilingual. In 2005, Allan served a tour of duty in Iraq with the Texas Army National Guard. His VDARE.COM articles are archived here; his Mexidata.info articles are archived here ; his News With Views columns are archived here; and his website is here.