This is my first reply to a thread since I joined ATS. I currently live in southern AZ about 30 mins north of the border. I am a former Federal
agent but left due to the corruption I witnessed on a daily basis while working.
The problems on the border can be fixed, but are not because both political parties see advantages to not fixing the problem. Many of you here are
familiar with Area 51. If anyone steps foot across it's invisible border within minutes they are stopped by security. That same technology could,
and should be employed on our international border. After the building cost of outposts every 1 mile (and sensors in between), the yearly budget
could be less than currently spent by the Border Patrol. With that in place anything, person or vehicle, would be intercepted. There would be no
need for interior checks points and agents stationed in all 50 states. There would be no shoot-outs in the remote desert at night, no illegals dying
I've heard all the arguments: They are just looking for a better life, feed their families, ect. The same can be said for the person who walks into a
bank and hands a note to a teller and robs a bank, doesn't use a weapon and physically harms no one. Should they be be arrested? A nation without
In the 10 years I have lived in AZ I have seen first hand the deterioration of the quality of life in this state. Hours of waiting in ER's because of
non-insured Illegals using them as routine medical treatment. Increase of violent crime and not just in poor neighborhoods. Murders, home invasions,
robberies. Vehicle and home insurance increasing, if you are not at fault of a traffic accident but you were hit by an illegal without insurance,
your insurance pays and your rates increase.
Going for job interviews here in AZ, at a fast food place or for a company manager position, you will be asked if you speak Spanish. Doesn't matter
if the job pays minimal wage or 100k a year. Do you think a Mexican citizen in a small town in Mexico applying for a job is asked if they speak
English and the outcome of their answer will determine if they get the job or not?
The grocery stores in Nogales AZ have isle signs in Spanish. While I worked at the border crossing in Nogales AZ, every school day I would watch
dozens of children from Mexico process through the station and walk to the high school in the US. The US citizen property owners paying the property
taxes that fund the public schools footing the bill.
When you leave your house and are not there to watch it, do you lock your doors? When you go to the store, do you lock your car doors? Why? To try
and keep someone out from taking something? What if they were just looking to find something to sell to feed their family and they were in greater
need than you? Or it could just be a violent criminal, thing is you don't know who might break in, so you lock your doors just in case. Should our
border be any different?
A nation without borders is no longer a nation at all and will cease to be.
edit on 18-11-2012 by Carreau because: spelling