September 22, 2008
In Memoriam: Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas, 1979-2009
As I am sitting here at the top of the southern border at Naco on International Road looking toward Douglas, many feelings wash over me. The surroundings are surreal and ominous while I watch the fence being built though my binoculars.
Most Americans sitting somewhere removed from the border are feeling proud and secure that America will be able to survive the massive influx of illegal immigration because of the strength and beauty of this fence we are building.
I sit with my stomach churning, wanting to throw up as the realization sets in, and sweat clings to me with the violent chill that runs up and down my spine. The words to describe this feeling are shock, failure, insult, disbelief and finally, anger.
Let us look at some hard facts:
1: Only 109 miles of fence has been completed.
2: Funding has run out, due to the $7.5 million cost per mile (over-budget by $3.5 million)
3: Yuma fence is incomplete since 2006
4: Vehicle barrier fence ONLY!!!!!!!!
5: No funding for fence repairs
That's correct, America--this fence was built with the intention of stopping vehicles, not people!
So, in effect we have now attracted a more creative mass of people to climb our vehicle barrier. Drugs have now been transferred to burlap backpacks and parachutes. For example: the wire mesh fence can be climbed with crampons and a couple of screw drivers.
And let us not forget the ladder collection Border Patrol has, and even vehicle ramps designed to go up and over "our fence!" Four vehicles; one load vehicle, all over and going separate directions. Here's the catch: ONE BORDER PATROL AGENT PER 5 MILES.
We have observed groups of up to 200 crossing per night in one location; they know BP's shift change.
I have been on this border for 4 weeks now doing a thorough investigation of the number of crossings to see whether or not there is, in fact, a decrease. I have come to the conclusion that in some areas this could be a possibility, but due to the fact there is no proper monitoring system in place, and not nearly enough agents, this would be an assumption at best. What I have witnessed is an increase in drug cartel aggression to keep the same flow moving into America, forcing larger numbers of (human) mules to cross. This has created shoot-outs and massacres in Mexico city as well as throughout Mexico. It will only be a matter of time until our agents will be shot at and killed on the spot! We have drug cartels now that hold Americans at gun-point until their crossing is completed. I wonder what the government will do then?
Just last night a group of 50 crossed near American Border Patrol’s ranch. In one general area up to 1,000 people cross per day. The federal government has lied to us again!
The fence is not doing the job we were told it would do.
Our Border Patrol agents are over-worked but highly skilled and incredible American men and women who put their lives on the line to secure this nation while dealing with zealous bosses and so much red tape it is insulting.
The American media has done such a disservice to these individuals that they are completely skeptical of all of them, fearing abuse by them and being portrayed as the bad guy instead of the heroes they actually are. This saddens me the most.
We as Americans were not sold a vehicle barrier; in fact, we were sold a bill that promised to secure our borders and now that the money has run out, the influx of illegals has increased to an alarming rate with amnesty hanging like a whisper in the air.
So even with this sobering result, I still hold out the hope that Americans will join together no matter what political party or cultural background, but as Americans, standing together and fighting for the security and sovereignty of our great nation before it collapses to its knees.
The time to join the movement is now.
In the beginning of a change, the Patriot is a brave and scarce man; hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, however, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot -Mark Twain