Skip to comments.Sat Nav for Mexicans illegally entering US
Posted on 01/01/2007 11:54:13 AM PST by calcowgirl
Illegal immigrants planning to cross the desert and enter the US on foot are to be given hand-held satellite devices by the Mexican authorities to ensure they arrive safely.
Those who get lost or fall sick during the dangerous four-day crossing will be able to activate the device, to alert frontier police on both sides of the border.
The satellite tracking service will require would-be illegals to register their intentions before setting off a paradoxical move, given that secrecy is necessary for success but Mexican authorities are predicting that about 200,000 devices will be handed out when the project is launched formally in the coming year.
"Our intention is to save lives," said Jaime Obregon, the co-ordinator for the state commission for migrants in Puebla, the Mexican state which is behind the project. "There are lots of people looking to cross and we are working with the US authorities to make sure they do not die on the way."
Between 20 and 30 migrants succumb to hellish temperatures and insect bites while attempting to cross into Arizona every year. Heat exhaustion sometimes causes short-term memory loss, with trekkers wandering aimlessly into the desert.
The route into Arizona, known as the Sasave Pass, is both the most common and the most dangerous way into the US. According to Mexican state migrant authorities, up to 75,000 attempt the crossing every month, of whom between 50,000 and 60,000 are caught by US border patrols and sent back.
The chance of success depends greatly on the knowledge of the guide, known as a "coyote" or "desert fox". They charge between $2,000 and $10,000 per person (£1,025-£5,100).
Coyotes are merciless if a member of their pack lags behind. "If you cannot keep up they will abandon you." said Mr Obregon. "Alone, you have about 36 hours to live. It is in this period the satellite device makes a difference."
A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection said: "We do not have any information about the Mexican government providing satellite trackers to people, but we strongly discourage encouragement to people who are attempting to cross illegally into the US."
No, your intention is to get as many millions of Mexicans up here illegally as you possibly can to keep the remittance gravy train a-flowin'.
--here's a good link--
The ill-gotten gains of the MexInvasion also benefit the MexGov. Ergo, it, too, is enjoys informal and formal financing.
This state of affairs will the US can re-order the preferences of the MexGov, which is when the invasion ceases to be profitable to them.
How can we make the costs of the invasion they bear outweigh the benefits they crave?
Illegals caught should be sentenced to years of uncompensated hard-labor in the US.
Mexico's ruling class is BRILLIANT.
They didn't want to waste any money on their poor.
So they OUTSOURCED it!
.. with hot tubs.
Border? We don't need no stinkin' border.
HaPPy New Year, calcowgirl!
We need to find a way to track these gadgets, and arrest everyone who crosses with one. And, the mexicrime govt. is handing them out? Uh, they need to be told in no uncertain terms, that they will face a serious response if they carry this plan out!
If this doesn't constitute an invasion by a foreign nation, I don't know what does. Will the Mexican government next give them jeeps, humvees and tanks to assist in a successful crossing?
200k GPS devices? And the US will get them when they catch the criminal invaders? I sure hope there isn't any intention to give them back to the Mexicans. Now that would get me stewing. Instead, I'd like to go down and buy one of those seized ones at government auction, cheap, for my car.
Hush y'all. Mexico is our friend.
Feliz Nuevo Año, back at ya! ;-)
Not sure, are the illegals allowed to keep the satellite navigation devices once they get to a relatively safe haven, or do they have to turn them in for the next wave of illegals?
I bet a few get kept, just for souvenirs, but the officials concerned may get a little stern about wide non-compliance.
Maybe we should send boatloads of Bangladeshis to their country!
These Sat-Nav devices are expensive to the tune of several thousand each, and this doesn't even cover the cost of a down-link service. So who is paying for all of this?
I have no idea what they plan to issue, but I paid about $120 for my Garmin GPS. Wonder who is funding this program? Wouldn't it be cheaper to teach them "Follow the Drinkin' Gourd"? (In Spanish, of course).
Answer is simple...call the Geek Squad, have them break the activation code..activate all devices at once and sit back...
This has to violate some treaty or agreement, one would think. But what will our La Raza awarded AG do? Will he even peep?
I await DHS' Mr. Chertoff's remarks regarding this latest charade of a controlled border.
It may open up a whole new industry... they can be returned for their Redemption Value.
Kinda like aluminum cans in California.
Sounds like a good idea to me. They'll all be trackable. Yeah, they have to "activate" it to work, but do you really think it won't already be activated? Pretty clever, imo. Saving lives and tracking crossers at the same time.
Can't someone use the same gps signals to locate the illegals with the devices and round them up?
Is there a translator for those images?
I really can't believe this.
2 -- Press 2 for English.
I guess this is Felipe Calderon and that wonderful conservative PAN party pushing to destroy the USA once again. So, if they catch something wrong then what? The international courts or putting more border patrol agents in prison.
I figure they are after putting more border patrol agents into prison therefore ensuring an open border.
That says it all.
Did you also start fires in Hotels as a child?
Nothing to worry here, folks. Pres. Bush will show his resolute leadership when it comes to defending the borders against this illegal invasion.
1) Cut off the welfare freebees.
2) Heavy fines for all companies employing illegals.
3) Secure the border with the National Guard and a barrier (wall/fence).
4) Rescind the anchor baby laws.
And of course, to never reward their lawlessness with amensty.
Hey you, I have a personal relationship with that wall! LOL!
With the millions we send to Mexico every year in foreign aid, we probably are. Sweet deal, eh?
I copied the article and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Please do the same. Inundate them with this knowledge. If they fail to act, it's on their heads.
If these divices cost several hundred thousands of dollars, you can bet the Mexican govt is not giving them out. That is way more than one Mexican can send back in remittances.
"...I paid about $120 for my Garmin GPS..."
My Magellan ExPlorist 200 was $118 on sale at REI. Wonderful little device, I carry it everywhere. Not a lot of bells & whistles, but plenty good enough.
And re: others ' comments re: tracking, I think the basic ones are receive only, not sure they can be tracked.
Our government is probably totally going along with this. Funny, isn't it? Its like we aren't even talking about this country.
And don't forget the CD's that one governor in Mexico had made up for his "trusted travelers".
There's no stopping them, and our government is hellbent on making them all citizens. We might as well save our money on the wall (that's never going to be built anyway!!) Let's build a whole bunch of prisons in the desert and let Sheriff Joe Arpao run them. Since we won't be needing any border patrol officers, we should make them sheriff's deputies and assign them to guard the criminals from Mexico and other 3rd world countries in those new prisons!! It would be cheaper and much less frustrating.
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