All that you THINK you know about our southern border and what REALLY goes on there.
Lesson One: Tohono O’odham Native American reservation
This reservation is a nation within two: Mexico and the U.S.A. Tohono O’odham Indians freely criss-cross the international border through the “sacred gate” – no fence, no restrictions whatsoever. Learn more about these native Americans via this website: http://www.tonation-nsn.gov/
The video below, produced in 2013, vividly reveals difficulties in patrolling and controlling this unique patch of North America.
Lesson Two: US Ports of Entry Are Principal Gateways for International Terrorism
Lest recent history be lost to us, let’s keep in mind one simple fact of history: the 911 terrorists entered our country through U.S. airports, not through either Mexico or Canada. This is not to say people who wish us great harm cannot and do not enter through neighboring countries – they do.
All the people who have done us harm have walked right in bearing legitimate visas and valid passports.
Lesson Three: US-Mexico trade is vital to the communities along the southern border
Video: Mexico is California’s number one international trading partner.
Lesson Four: Border Fence – How Well Does It Work?
The one thing on which I ever agreed with Janet Napolitano was her statement about the effectiveness of a fence. She said, “You show me a 50-foot wall and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder at the border. That’s the way the border works.” Let’s see if she was correct.
Video: Two young women climb the fence in 18 seconds
Lesson Five: From Where Do Illegal Immigrants Come and Why?
Few illegal immigrants are Mexican. Almost all hale from Central American countries, fleeing violence, extreme poverty and horrific crime.