People looking at our country from the outside would hardly thing we were at war at all. But then again, war is a lot different than it used to be. When the greatest generation was taking down Germany and Japan, it was common and expected to see War Bond sales, rationing of sugar, rubber and other commodities, and there was also patriotism. Today the wars are as different as that generation. Then there was radio and the voice of Edward R. Murrow. In 2012, there is digital television and satellites that take us to the middle of the action. The war is in our living room. But it's not the only war there is. In fact, it's a pretty safe bet that we have a dozen or so wars going on and we don't see most of them. We don't pay attention, and those who are fighting us are either convinced Americans are stupid or apathetic. So what are these wars? One of those involves the war on illegal immigration.
You're probably thinking "Oh my gosh, not again," but it is a war, and it's one we are losing. For a while, I lived on the Texas-Mexico border, and from my window I could see the shacks that dotted the side of the mountain in Juarez, just as I am sure the Mexicans on the other side could look over and see what looked to them to palatial estates. Surely their contempt grew. At least some would think. No, those Mexicans were the ones who would come over every day legally to work, and go back home. The illegals rarely go home, and what is worse, they are often not from Mexico. It was not uncommon for me a few years ago, to scan a sheriff's department blotter and see the abbreviation OTM. The OTM's were men or women classified as "Other than Mexican" who almost always had names like Khalid, Mohammed or Aziz.
They were middle eastern men, classified as terrorist suspects that were turned over to the Department of Homeland Security. After seeing the blotters, the sheriff in that town rarely spoke of who was in "his jail." A year later, and at another publication, I got wind that a CBS investigative reporter was working on a piece about our enemies crossing the border, and how some in the mountainous New Mexico town across the border from Juarez had seen these so called OTMs.
When I got there, they were already afraid of these OTMs and refused to talk, but that sheriff said they were there. "We know they are coming across that border." he said. In many cases, ranchers along the border are sitting in wait for these people with rifles, not because the like the sport of killing, but because these OTMs and even some illegals Mexicans have destroyed property, killed livestock or harmed their families. What would you do? It was worse in Arizona, where the state passed Senate Bill 1070, hoping to decrease the flow of illegals across their border, because the US would not. We were bad for protecting ourselves. The war on drugs, which has resulted in open warfare between Mexican drug cartels and the Mexican government is spilling into our streets too, which goes hand-in-hand with illegal aliens, and the human trafficking element. If you can stop for just a moment, and take a peak outside the box, you'll see it. The people in some small communities protest, but no one is listening. It's bad, and I am sure that a lot have already labeled me an alarmist or a nut, but I have seen what I have seen. It's a war out there, and it will only serve if you know who your enemies really are. As always, feel free to post a comment, or not. NEXT: TEA PARTY V. OCCUPIERS
Posted by Bryan Kirk at 8:28 AMEmail ThisBlogThis!Share to TwitterShare to Facebook
Very well put together post.
I have been trying to get something done about the illegal alien problem since 2007. What I've found out, many times since then, is that our government either doesn't care, are afraid of the pro- illegal alien idiots or in fact want them crossing our borders. ( this just since Zero took office. )
Until we get politicians who care about America, yeah right, or do something about it ourselves, bad idea, we will just have to expect mexican cartels and Jehadists to walk our streets.
We live 60 miles north of the border. There are several really good activists in this area that attend meetings. The problem they encounter is the government people that are sent out here think we are dumb farmers and ranchers.
They insult us and try to tell us they have everything under control. We have in this valley alone, had two people murdered and one cut up badly by machete in just the last 4 years. They still want to blow smoke up our a$$es.
They always tell us about all the fancy equipment they have but they are told NOT to apprehend anyone south of the interstate 10. So the only ones that they pickup are the ones who walk out to the road and wave at them
because their out of water or exhausted.
Thursday, 26 April 2012 12:28
US Announces Arrest of Almost 800 Suspected Gang Members
Written by *Elyssa Pachico
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) announced the detention of 792 alleged gang members in a nationwide raid, including alleged members of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) and Barrio 18.
The raid, dubbed "Project Nefarious," saw arrests in 150 cities, targeting members of 28 transnational gangs, reports Univision. Some 290 of the detainees were foreign nationals, hailing from countries including El Salvador and Honduras.
Only 479 of those detained are facing criminal charges. Many of the foreign nationals with irregular immigration status will likely face deportation. In Chicago, for example, just three of the 29 detainees are facing criminal charges, while the rest detainees are in deportation proceedings.
InSight Crime Analysis
Deportations from the US played a key role in strengthening criminal networks in Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador in the last two decades. MS-13 and Barrio 18 originally started out as street gangs in Los Angeles, but spread to Central America when the US repatriated thousands of gang members back to their home countries, This spurred the groups to evolve into sophisticated criminal organizations in the region, particularly in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.
The majority of the foreign nationals deported back to Central America are not convicted criminals. Of the more than 27,500 people deported to Honduras in 2009, three-quarters had not been convicted of any crime. Of the just over 30,200 people deported Guatemala and around 21,000 sent back to El Salvador that same year, 21.5 percent and 30 percent, respectively, had a criminal record. Last year, an average of 1,500 Honduran nationals were deported per month.
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