Skip to comments.Flow of illegal immigrants to U.S. starts to slow
Posted on 02/20/2007 4:44:47 PM PST by A. Pole
SAN LUIS RÍO COLORADO, Mexico: All along the U.S.-Mexican border, there are signs that the measures that the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies have taken over the past year, from erecting new barriers to posting 6,000 National Guardsmen as armed sentinels, are beginning to slow the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.
For 10 years, Eduardo Valenzuela has been crossing the Mexican border near Yuma, Arizona, illegally, trekking over desert scrub and hopping on a freight train to get to his job with a construction company in Phoenix, Arizona.
But on a recent afternoon, Valenzuela and four travel companions from his hometown of Los Mochis plopped down on a bench in a park in the border town of San Luis Río Colorado, exhausted and dispirited. Border patrol agents had caught them two times over three days, hounding them with helicopters and four-wheel-drive trucks.
"It's become much more difficult," Valenzuela said, echoing the comments of dozens of other migrants.
Border Patrol commanders argue the slackening flow of migrants belies the conventional wisdom that it is impossible to stem illegal migration along a 2,000 mile, or 3,200 kilometer, border. Many veteran officers in the force are now beginning to believe that with sufficient resources, it can be controlled.
One of the migrants was a 51-year-old plumber from Acámbaro, Guanajuato, who asked that his name not be used because he was ashamed of the criminal conviction.
"I had no idea until they grabbed us and told us we were going to court," he recalled. "They are using barbaric techniques." But he acknowledged the stint in jail had convinced him not to try again, even if he is unable to pay his son's college tuition.
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It's about time!
Barbaric tactics,boo hooo
Just move along now, the government has everything under control. They are even controlling the news about border crossings.
We better start rounding up and deporting the hordes already in this country. It can be done easily, both directly and indirectly. President Eisenhower did it.
Boo fricking hoo.
How can President Bush let this happen?
I'll believe that when I see it.From what I have seen the numbers of criminal aliens is increasing,not decreasing.
It's a ruse to sucker us into giving them amnesty.
Watch and see. As soon as we do, they'll flood back over the border again.
Of course, since Mexico is now down to 2.3 children per woman (and falling), a bottoming out should be expected.
Whoa, whoa, whoa! Since when have the National guard been armed sentinels on the border??? All reports I've read is that they do not carry weapons and are mainly engaged in relieving the Border Patrol from their administrative, maintenance and other manual labor duties.
I heard an ex-BP agent on the Roger Hedgecock show today. He said that he's in touch with active agents and they're telling him that some supervisory agents are sympathetic to Mexico. He named one specifically (last name Olmos, don't remember the first) and said she is inhibiting apprehensions by denying agents equipment like night vision goggle, and she's sending agents to cover areas that are quiet instead of areas that have a lot of activity.
I don't know if the guy's right, but I can see where if one wanted to fudge the numbers and make it look like apprehensions have dropped, it wouldn't be too hard to do it.
You wouldn't know by the numbers I see here in rural Alabama...
It's about time!
It is about time a FENCE was built, and the flow STOPPED! (Not reduced). What a crock. This is Bush and a complicit Congress in action. The flood of illegals continues as well as the HUGE sums of money and services stolen from the taxpayers to fund this travesty.
... or northeast georgia...
this is baloney
I think what you see in Alabama and Georgia is an outflow of folks who originally settled in metro Atlanta or Charlotte in the 1990s/early '00s, who have now spread out to other parts of the South.
Has anyone looked around?
They're all here already!
Translation: "They caught us!"
I came here for an Engineering assignment from rural Northeast Ohio...all full up there too!
If the birthrate keeps falling in Mexico, they will be in very serious trouble long before we will because nobody is flocking to Mexico like to the US.
Only 20 million to go..........
Maybe as the birthrate in Mexico continues to fall, they will finally allow the Mayans to pass freely into Chiapas from Guatemala.
I think it's because Mexico is empty.
I'll believe it's real when Home Depot parking lots are empty of illegal day laborers.
I believe the International Herald Tribune is owned by the New York Times, so it might be true, but be sure to look for the liberal agenda here.
Bush still refuses to say: The United States will secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws.
Until Bush utters those simple words, it's all BS public relations while he works for amnesty.
And when we see a steady parade of employers of illegal aliens doing the perp walk into federal prison.
"even if he is unable to pay his son's college tuition."
I guess his son will have to cross on his own, then.
It has to slow down sometime.
Eventually they are all going to be here.........
Oops, Border Patrol bring out the panties?
Yeah, Bush is planning on taking the Guard off the border in a few months. Just wait and see what happens to the number of illegals then, especially if Bush gives them the amnesty which they and the Democrats so desperately desire.
I did sort of a California Roll through a Border Patrol checkpoint in Arizona last week....oops....I thought the officer was waving me through like they do in Oceanside.....I have the whole thing on video.
That is obviously possible. But why would someone leave Atlanta or Charlotte for "the country"? They stand out pretty good in these parts.... and generally Atlanta has been tolerant of them and nobody else is - particularly where it's mostly good 'ole boys, trucks, dogs, and dip.
Breaking the law can be justified, dontcha know.
I wonder if they decided this using there so called comprehensive view. I have my doubts about anything government says about the illegal problem.
Several migrants waiting their chance in San Luis curse under their breath in Spanish when asked about the soldiers and patrols. Some are indignant that the United States would treat them like enemies or criminals...
Mexico might be running out...
Bingo. And... even if someone were deliberately playing with the numbers, we'd never know one way or the other. It's not as though we've been accounting for every illegal that crosses, or even a substantial percentage. IOW, any "reduction" is pure speculation at best, and probably worse than that - a deliberate, agenda-driven lie to make the American people think the problem is under control.
I remember reading around here that the border patrol said that 10 million probably got through in 2006. We must be looking at 5 to 7 million this year then, if it has slowed down.
The fence must be built. All illegals must be deported.
Enforcement first. Then we can consider other things.
...I heard the Titanic has quit taking on water too.....
Now here is something that will work, I noticed they could get up to six months....we should give them all of it. This will make a good deterrent.
Or here in Central Ohio.
LOL! Nominating this for Reply of the Day!
As it does every year around this time.
BS, we always knew it could be controlled with sufficient resources.
"They are using barbaric techniques."
We're using "barbaric" techniques? He knows nothing of barbaric! But I hope he stays home and takes a second job, so that his son will have a father.