By Cathie Adams, President of Texas Eagle Forum
Printed in the September 2014 Issue of The Northeast Texan
The Mexican government does NOT think that Texas National Guard troops along the border “help joint efforts to have a modern, prosperous and safe border.” But as a Texan, I’d like to know if Mexico thinks it is “modern, prosperous and safe” to allow nearly 300,000 men, women and children to cross the border so far this year?
Illegals already in Texas, according to FAIR, the Federation for American Immigration Reform, cost taxpayers last year more than $12 billion for almost two million illegals; that’s nearly $1200 per Texas household.
Senator Ted Cruz rightly identified this new INVASION as a “disaster of the President’s own making.” Obama is certainly not interested in securing the border. His military budget cuts are severely hindering the military’s ability to stop the invasion. Marine Corps Gen. John Kelly, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, said that his task force must “simply sit and watch” 75% of illicit trafficking events, including the six of eight Mexican drug cartels operating in our state according to Texas Department of Public Safety Director Colonel Steven McCraw.
I’d read about all of the border crisis and thought I was fairly informed until I traveled to the Texas-Mexico border to witness for myself this “disaster of the President’s own making.” With a band of nine Texans, led by Brandon Darby of Breitbart media, I traveled to the border to see firsthand and to hear directly from U.S. Border Agents.
In Laredo, I saw drug cartel watchdogs standing on most every street corner without any fear whatsoever from the severely understaffed Sheriff’s department. We were even told about a gunfight between Mexican drug gangs on the streets of Laredo. Big SUVs lined up on opposite sides of a line with gunmen’s arms and weapons hanging outside the windows. There were so many killed in the gunfight that authorities brought in a flatbed truck to collect the dead bodies. Laredo authorities then warned citizens to avoid the city for three days, although the newspaper only reported a gang confrontation in which a couple people were wounded.
Why the reporting lies? So that tourists wouldn’t be afraid to visit the wild, wild Texas-Mexico border city of Laredo!
We walked along the Rio Grande River in downtown Laredo and saw just how EASY it is to cross the river and then “disappear” into the city streets. Oh, there were Border Agents above us on a bridge crossing into Mexico, but no Agents were stationed along the river where the tall grasses and drainage tunnels provide hiding places for illegal crossers.
We then drove to the border city of McAllen, but saw very few Border Agents during the three-hour drive until we were about halfway there. In other words, the troop enhancements we’ve been told about are only stationed on about one-fourth of the border designated as the Rio Grande Valley Border Control Sector, NOT the entire border, which means that drug cartels and illegal crossers just move to where the border is unguarded.
Late that night around midnight, we walked along a path that is a hotbed for drug and human traffickers. Evidence of their presence was everywhere. We saw footprints, tire inner tubes that had probably been used to move people and drugs, clothing items and even a discarded diaper bag with baby clothes and formula still inside. An aspirin package in the diaper bag identified it as from Guatemala.
There was a temporary, very temporary bright spot when we visited a county park the next day. Our patriotic spirits lifted as we observed two well-armed and well-manned gun boats reach the Texas shore for a shift change. Both boats leaving patrol at the same time gave a green light to what we saw next.
We walked along the waterway watching Mexicans on the opposite shore enjoy a Sunday afternoon swim with their families. We also saw a large white Hummer that belonged to the most prominent drug cartel leader parked among the park’s picnic tables.
Then all hell broke loose. As we stood on the riverbank, we watched a man on a ski jet traverse up and down the river between where we stood and the Hummer on the opposite shore. We then noticed that he had taken on two passengers, a woman and her baby. Seconds later, he ran his ski jet into a weedy area along the Texas shore to drop off the woman and her child. A member of our team went to find the Border Agents to report the incident and moments later they were rescued.
What I saw made me angry at any politician blowing smoke about doing SOMETHING, but NOT fixing the problem. That woman was treated like “queen for a day” knowing that all she had to do was pay her coyote about $50 for the ride on the ski jet to receive the best that American taxpayers can provide.
If I had been a federal Border Agent or a Texas Guardsman or a member of the Dept. of Public Safety, would I have had the authority to tell her to turn around and go back home? No way!
Let me be clear: Neither federal or state officials are allowed to stop a border crosser or to send the illegal back even if he’s still wet from crossing the Rio Grande. Instead, the lawbreaker is either taken to a shelter or given a slip of paper telling him to appear in immigration court, although 90% fail to show up. That’s Obama’s “catch and release” program.
Texas National Guard Adjutant General John Nichols said the Guard’s “rules of engagement are really rules of non-engagement.” Even if illegals try to turn themselves in to National Guard troops, the soldiers are instructed to ask them to sit down and wait for the Border Patrol or DPS agents to arrive.
Federal Border Agents are frustrated too because they are woefully under-manned and under-equipped. One Border Agent told us, for example, that his job to patrol the Rio Grande at night was difficult because his night vision equipment was broken. He had to use one hand to steady his broken hat and the other to steer the boat. The Border Agent morale is at an all-time low not only because of “catch and release,” but also because Obama is essentially telling them, “You are expendable.”
What can be done about this severe national security risk?
DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, must be defunded because Obama is using it to protect illegals from deportation and to grant them work permits.
The federal government must uphold current laws so that the part of Arizona’s SB 1070 that was ruled constitutional could unshackle law enforcement to partner with the federal government in immigration enforcement.
Texas Governor Rick Perry can declare the invasion an imminent danger to order immigration enforcement authority under Article I Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution. He can and should also ban sanctuary cities and penalize municipalities by withholding state funding if they refuse to comply. All Texas welfare benefits should be stopped from going to illegal aliens and he should end in-state tuition for illegals.
Criminal penalties must be imposed for knowingly employing illegal aliens.
Winston Churchill once said that, “An appeaser is one who feeds a crocodile—hoping it will eat him last.” Friends, it’s time to STOP feeding the crocodiles!