reply to post by mopusvindictus
I have a problem with that and, as you live in Phoenix, I'm sure this own't be the first time you've heard this. That CAP water isn't gonna last
the valley (or Tucson) forever, my friend. Even with that water both communities are experiencing shortages. Those two are just the tip of the
iceberg. Vegas, much of the Rio Grande Valley in New Mexico, and tons of small towns across Arizona, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, and New Mexico (not to
mention the Southeastern US) are drought striken and/or way overtaxing their water supply. I think we need to prioritize ensuring AMERICANS have
enough water for us now and for future generations before we worry about South of the border.
Interesting fact: The term "wetback" originated from illegals having to swim across the the Rio Grande decades ago to illegally enter this country
from Jaurez to Matamoros. My point being that even with abundant water, they were still coming across into our country in droves. The difference
between now and then is this country has changed from a primarilly agriculture, ranching, and mining based economy in the West to a high tech
industrial economy. Instead of employing illegal Mexicans, the companies shipped the jobs overseas. As a result, illegals are still pouring into
this country, but they're having a tougher time finding honest work so they're turning to crime... drug smuggling, weapon smuggling, forced sex
trades, theft, etc.
There is no realistic way we can help Mexico, to be honest with you. Their government is corrupt in that it recognizes the majority of its millitary
is deep in the pockets of the Mexican Mafia, the Mara, and the various other crime families scattered along the border. I honestly believe the
government there would like to crack down on it in earnest, but what are they going to use to do that? It is likely that any serious move by the
Mexican government will be the straw that broke the camel's back and their compromised millitary will suddenly become a rogue millitary and then the
proverbial S will really hit the fan. If we were to send troops into Mexico to help control this, then, again, we've got a rogue millitary in an
impoverished urban setting to deal with. We would also open the door to something we haven't experienced in modern times in this country: direct
foreign military style attacks on US mainland soil.
Like I said, as it stands now the drug cartels love them some Americans. Without us, they don't make money and they don't do business. As a
result, they have largely kept the fight on their side of the border. Watch how fast that would change if they were truly given a reason to cross
that line. I know this, if it ever does come to that, I will fly down to New Mexico myself and drag my parents off their ranch, loading them onto a
plane to fly back up here. My old man is stubborn as a mule and I can totally see him spending all day perched up in the crow's nest on his work
barn with an arsenal of high powered rifles and a .50 cal planning to defend his property. I can also see that ending real ugly, which I wouldn't
ever want to happen.