Thursday, January 19, 2006

Invasion

Just kidding.It's good to have good neighbors, isn't it? One of my neighbors happens to be my landlord, Adam. A nice fella, bought the house, fixed it up and rented out the first and second floors while he took the third floor. Red and I rented the second florr from him two years ago and he loves having us around. We take care of the place, help him with the yard, don't cause a ruckus or attract the police, pay our rent on time and in full. We're the perfect tenants, he says. He also doesn't want us to leave.

Why? Because of the first floor. The first renters he had were a quiet set of graduate students who had the music up a little loud once in a while, but other than that were pretty cool. He's choosy about whom he rents the place to, but you can't always tell about some people. He rented the place to three bankers next and has had no end of trouble. Police, destruction, late rent, trashing the yard, noise complaints - the list goes on and on. Of course, he hears a lot of the complaints that don't directly involve him from me, since I live on the second floor and have to deal with the shouting, the slamming, the insanity.

I got to thinking about this because of this Washington Times story. It seems the Mexican military doesn't give a rat's ass about things that Americans hold sacred, like sovereignty. Not only does Mexico encourage and facilitate drug and human trafficking and illegal immigration across our mutual border, but they're sending their professional military along to escort the criminals.

The State Department and the Department of Homeland Security assure us that these incursions are either benign or a case of mistaken identity. Mexico, of all countries does not want to get in a shooting war with the US, of that much I'm certain. But the DOS and DHS remind me a bit of my landlord - ultimately well-intentioned, but they don't really have their finger on the pulse of the border situation, as evidenced by the Bush Administration's lackluster political stance on illegal immigrants.

From the story:
The U.S. Border Patrol recently warned agents in Arizona of military incursions by Mexican soldiers "trained to escape, evade and counter-ambush" if detected. The warning follows increased sightings of what authorities describe as heavily armed Mexican military units on the U.S. side of the border.

While the Mexican government has vigorously denied that its military is crossing into the U.S., Mr. Renzi said that during a tour of the Arizona border last month in a U.S. Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) helicopter, the pilot showed him military-style humvees lining up at dusk just south of the border to move drugs into the U.S.

He said the preparations occur nightly, noting that 50 percent of the drugs coming into this country pass though the Arizona desert.
"The Border Patrol knows they're coming but they are outmanned and outgunned," he said. "We need military technology to combat these military operations."

Mr. Renzi also said states such as Arizona should be able to supplement federal border enforcement with federally financed state border guard units. He said states can react quickly to new border threats, and that the federal government is unable to graduate enough new agents.

Arizona Congressman Rick Renzi is from the second floor and knows what's going on. Even if these guys are not military, but are using military-style vehicles and procedure to conduct illegal incursions into the United States, HOW IS THAT NOT A PROBLEM? I hardly think it's alarmist to point out heavily armed and equipped criminals, let alone foreign military on our soil.
Mr. Chertoff also said a significant number of the incursions were "innocent," noting that police and military units in Mexico pursuing criminals "may step across the border because they do not know exactly where the line is." ...

A total of 216 incursions by suspected Mexican military units have been documented since 1996 -- 75 in California, 63 in Arizona and 78 in Texas, according to a Department of Homeland Security report.
The soldiers don't know where the line is? Build a big damn fence, maybe then they'll know where line is. It seems to me that the Mexicans aren't the only ones who don't know where the line is, because it's been crossed.

Let them immigrate legally if they want to come here and partake in the American dream. The majority of these folks are stealing across the border to leech off our "social safety net" at their most benign and some are coming here to kill Americans, because of what we stand for. They want to be Americans? Fine. They want to be Mexicans? Get a visa or go to jail.

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9 Comments:

Blogger Gayle bloody well said...

Excellent, RS! Very important issue to me as I live in Central Texas. I'm just thankful I don't live any closer to the border than I do.

I don't know what Bush is thinking regarding this issue, but I'm certainly not happy with what's going on and something must be done about it! It's almost too late anyway, but I suppose late is better than never.

Glad you are a great tenant! Not only do I have a farm, but I also rent out a couple of houses and good tenants are sooooooo important!

19 January, 2006 12:02  
Blogger NEO, SOC bloody well said...

The problem is the age old problem of appeasement. We are spending way too much time having everyone like us. While we are smiling and shaking their hands; they are doing the Full Monte on us and are slipping the knife over our heads. The other problem is complacency. We have become too comfortable. What ever happened to the days of the Ol' West? When the trash was dealt with right then and there? Although, I am glad for Glocks, yet a Gattlin wouldn't hurt. We can line the illegals up like the did to the Americans in Red Dawn and send them packing: not home, but infinity and beyond!

19 January, 2006 13:36  
Blogger Gyrobo bloody well said...

I don't live near the Mexican border, therefore this issue affects other people. However, I am troubled that the media completely ignores the fact that while people are entering this country illegally, they are also leaving illegally.

Think about it. Each day, hundreds of people run away from angry court dates and so forth, and what happens to them?! Forgotten. Then again, if you've read this far, you can probably stop, since the common sense ends here.

--==/ So sayeth the robot. \==--

19 January, 2006 15:54  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin bloody well said...

Dang-it, Mister, you stole my next post!

NeoSoc: you, sir, have things nailed down entirely!

Allow me to be very un-PC and blunt for a moment.

We TOOK California and Texas and various other territories from Mexico because we could and because we were in development as a nation. It's as simple as that.

And it's as simple as recognizing that La Raza wants to take these areas and states back.

A People do what they can WHEN they can. It is as true now as 1,000 years ago.

If the indiginous Amerindians had had their Bronze Age and Industrial Age before Europe -- well, then, they would have conquered what they could when the could.

Bottom Line:

Sovereign US soil is precisely that. It is ours. It belongs to us. Gyrobo: you're about a ditz.

I have spoken.

BZ

19 January, 2006 22:40  
Blogger shoprat bloody well said...

A lot to think about there. I wonder just how much Mr. Fox knows.

We do have to quit worrying about other nations liking us, and just do what we have to do within our own borders and declared warzones.

19 January, 2006 23:30  
Blogger Patrick Joubert Conlon bloody well said...

Illegal "trespassers" (not "immigrants") are a problem but I trust Bush on this one - we're stuck with migrant labor whether we like it or not. It's what the feee market wants. I just hope we can get Bush's "documented legal migrant labor program" working AND build a wall across the border to keep out the criminal trespassers and terrorists.

Your new neighbors are "three bankers?" I guess I better not let any bankers into my rentals. :)

But more seriously - it's a gamble renting out even with criminal and credit checks.

20 January, 2006 20:13  
Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox bloody well said...

This is becoming more and more of a problem. I tend to agree with Patrick though.

My eyes were opened to what an issue this is though because the guy filling in for Rush the other day brought up these exact points you make in this post. He was interviewing a border guy (don't remember exactly who he was) and it definitely is becoming a huge problem. Especially since Mexico doesn't seem to give a rat's a** to our security and sovereignty.

21 January, 2006 14:47  
Blogger Rebekah bloody well said...

Well, I think immigration is one thing Bush has really dropped the ball on. "Guest Worker" programs will just encourage more illegals- I doubt it'll do anything to help the problem. That combined with foibles like calling the minutemen "vigilantes", doesn't really cement my trust in him being hard on immigration.

The guest worker programs would be fine if all immigrants were honest, hardworking, law-abiding people. But drug-runners, terrorists and MS-13 are reasons the programs aren't safe.

Though, I suppose anything's better than the last eight years!

21 January, 2006 21:27  
Anonymous Anonymous bloody well said...

WOW! What a post! You took my breath away. You are incredible. We are so lucky to have intelligent young people like you Robosquirrel. I'm glad you could take this subject and break it down so it is enjoyable reading as well as informative.

24 January, 2006 01:36  

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