Skip to comments.Tough Questions: How secure is the U.S. border?
Posted on 03/03/2012 5:20:58 PM PST by moonshinner_09
ATLANTA (CBS ATLANTA) - CBS Atlanta News reporter Jennifer Mayerle travels to the Texas-Mexico border to get tough questions answered about security at our national border.
Illegal immigrant Jesus Jimenez was deported after committing a crime in metro Atlanta. He returned to the U.S. illegally, only to be accused of committing another crime. Jimenez is in jail charged with murdering his wife. Fayette County District Attorney Scott Ballard thinks that may be the main reason he illegally crossed the border again.
(Excerpt) Read more at cbsatlanta.com ...
During these operations, BLM brings additional law enforcement rangers to state-owned land to clean-up the area, confiscate any drugs left behind and possibly arrest any suspicious persons found in the area.
The most recent operation was called Operation ROAM (Reclaim Our Arizona Monuments) and focused on the Ironwood Forest and Sonoran Desert National Monuments.
The operation pulled out 7.5 tons of trash from both monuments and saw 228 law enforcement events, including the seizure of nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana and the arrests of 223 suspected illegal immigrants.
Crew members reported finding just about everything, but said cell phones were very popular. One found an automatic rifle, complete with loaded clips.
Most of the trash was found near Interstate 8, but Melinda Mahoney, a BLM park ranger, said it looks like things are getting better.
"I think we're making a difference," she said in a press release. "We're hearing from the rangers, especially those that are returning from last year, that it looks a lot cleaner." http://ktar.com/6/1508292/BLM-operation-nets-75-tons-of-garbage-near-border
( well for the time being ) more illegals shall come and m0re trash will stack up in areas from where illegals will be crossing & dumping their trash. I think AZ park still has warning signs to beware of drug cartels, drug mules, human smugglers,illegal aliens.. Nice to see that state, local and federal authorities are cracking down on cesspools of crime that are leveraged by terrorists. I feel safer, dont you?
The words “Border and Safe” do not belong in the same sentence. Our government could close the border if they wanted to. Evidently, they don’t want the border closed.
Raj Bhakta crosses the border on an elephant with a mariachi band.
Related,,,I encourage Freepers to see “Act of Valor”.
Shows how easy it is for a major attack to happen due to our open borders. Our next president must seal the borders tight. Bush wouldn’t. Hussein? Didn’t expect him to. But the next president...he can prove he’s worthy of the office by slamming that damn border shut.
The border is porous AlQaida and the Iranians are chummy with the drug cartels, weapons of mass destruction including nukes could easily come into the hands of terrorists. It is surprising that they have not at least set up mortars, artillery and missiles just within the Mexican border to attack American positions. Border cities and bases like Fort Huachuca could be ground zero. The Apaches made use of the Mexican border much like the Taliban currently does the Pakistani border. It is a game the terrorists know how to play.
Everyone is buying gold and silver, not me, I’m buying lead encased in brass
One could march a army across the border with out having to slow down.
There are still wide gaps along the border.
Can you provide any more details on what she said?
It’s a wonder we haven’t had a major attack already.
I hope we can hang on until we get a real American President, one who knows his first and most sacred duty to the American people.
She primarily spoke about Kosovo but said that years of doing nothing led to an alien population and increasing violence until the dam burst.
I know she hates Bill Clinton. She said they fully expected the USA and UN to step in to stop the violence but didn’t expect to see the rightful Serbs treated as the antagonists.
It wasn’t exactly the same as here but the result will be an alien population demanding separation as they did there. The illegals are already demanding more than what Americans can expect.
I live in Washington state and the last three BOLOs law enforcement put out on hispanics up here were multi-time deportees with brand new WA drivers licenses that they obtained upon re-entering America. We are seeing repeat offenders back in the area within 6 weeks of being deported, and that is when law enforcement detects them again. I bet they are coming back in less than a week.
The answer is that the border isn't secure at all.
I know what you mean.
Hey Sand Rat —U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano said Monday that the war on drugs in Mexico “is not a failure.”
At a press conference in Mexico City after meeting Mexican Interior Minister Alejandro Poire, Napolitano called the drug policies of both Mexico and the United States “a continuing effort to keep our peoples from becoming addicted to dangerous drugs.”
Napolitano also said that among the things discussed at the meeting with Poire was how to have a more regional approach to a number of security issues threatening the United States, Mexico and Central America.
Asked why, in spite of efforts by both Mexico and the United States, the leader Mexico’s most powerful criminal organization — the Sinaloa drug cartel — remains at large, Napolitano implied it’s only a matter of time before Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman falls.
“It took us 10 years to find Osama bin Laden and we found him,” Napolitano said.
“And you know what happened there. I’m not suggesting the same thing would happen with Guzman but I am suggesting that we are persistent when it comes to wrongdoers and those who do harm in both of our countries.”
Guzman escaped from a Mexican prison in 2001, and both Mexican and U.S. authorities are offering multimillion-dollar rewards for information leading to his capture.
Mexican reporters also asked whether the U.S. Homeland Security secretary still considers Mexico a safe destination. Twenty-two Carnival Cruise Lines passengers were robbed of valuables and their passports Saturday while they were traveling by bus in the middle of a shore excursion near the beach resort of Puerto Vallarta.
Napolitano didn’t specifically address that incident, but suggested she doesn’t believe there is a generalized security problem.
“I think Americans come and go freely to Mexico all the time and I expect that to continue. It’s a wonderful country. There are many, many places to go and to see. And obviously we also do a tremendous amount of commerce,” Napolitano said.
The meeting with Poire was Napolitano’s first stop of a five-day regional tour that will also take her to Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama.
Napoliticano was specifically asked whether the U.S. government is as concerned about the power of criminal organizations in Latin America as it is about terrorism. She called both terrorism and drug trafficking a global scourge, but pointed out there are important distinctions between the two.
“(Drug trafficking) has to be handled in a somewhat different way. It’s a different type of crime and it’s a different type of plague, but that’s also why it is so important that we act not only bi-nationally, but in a regional way, to go after the supply of illegal narcotics,” Napolitano said.http://www.borderlandbeat.com/2012/02/napolitano-mexican-drug-war-not-failure.html
Did anybody give Big Sis the memo—Travel Warning
U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Bureau of Consular Affairs
February 08, 2012
The Department of State has issued this Travel Warning to inform U.S. citizens about the security situation in Mexico. General information on the overall security situation is provided immediately below. For information on security conditions in specific regions of Mexico, which can vary, travelers should reference the state-by-state assessments further below.
This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning for Mexico dated April 22, 2011 to consolidate and update information about the security situation and to advise the public of additional restrictions on the travel of U.S. government (USG) personnel.
Millions of U.S. citizens safely visit Mexico each year for study, tourism, and business, including more than 150,000 who cross the border every day. The Mexican government makes a considerable effort to protect U.S. citizens and other visitors to major tourist destinations, and there is no evidence that Transnational Criminal Organizations (TCOs) have targeted U.S. visitors and residents based on their nationality. Resort areas and tourist destinations in Mexico generally do not see the levels of drug-related violence and crime reported in the border region and in areas along major trafficking routes.
Nevertheless, U.S. travelers should be aware that the Mexican government has been engaged in an extensive effort to counter TCOs which engage in narcotics trafficking and other unlawful activities throughout Mexico. The TCOs themselves are engaged in a violent struggle to control drug trafficking routes and other criminal activity. As a result, crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country and can occur anywhere. U.S. citizens have fallen victim to TCO activity, including homicide, gun battles, kidnapping, carjacking and highway robbery.
According to the most recent homicide figures published by the Mexican government, 47,515 people were killed in narcotics-related violence in Mexico between December 1, 2006 and September 30, 2011, with 12,903 narcotics-related homicides in the first nine months of 2011 alone. While most of those killed in narcotics-related violence have been members of TCOs, innocent persons have also been killed. The number of U.S. citizens reported to the Department of State as murdered in Mexico increased from 35 in 2007 to 120 in 2011.
Gun battles between rival TCOs or with Mexican authorities have taken place in towns and cities in many parts of Mexico, especially in the border region. Gun battles have occurred in broad daylight on streets and in other public venues, such as restaurants and clubs. During some of these incidents, U.S. citizens have been trapped and temporarily prevented from leaving the area. TCOs use stolen cars and trucks to create roadblocks on major thoroughfares, preventing the military and police from responding to criminal activity. The location and timing of future armed engagements is unpredictable. We recommend that you defer travel to the areas indicated in this Travel Warning and to exercise extreme caution when traveling throughout the northern border region.
The rising number of kidnappings and disappearances throughout Mexico is of particular concern. Both local and expatriate communities have been victimized. In addition, local police have been implicated in some of these incidents. We strongly advise you to lower your profile and avoid displaying any evidence of wealth that might draw attention.
How secure is the border?
You are forced to have a colonoscopy in order to fly to Tampa.
The border is not monitored and criminals run free.
This is about control and security, not safety.
Security means you are tracked.
Safety means you are protected.
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