Herndon, Virginia is 21 miles from the lovely village of Paeonian Springs and 24 miles from our nation's capitol, Washington, D.C. It is 1751 miles from Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The citizens in Herndon are having a big problem with Mexicans, El Salvadorans, Guatemalans and a score of other illegal immigrants who have flocked to their fair city in search of employment. Here is a scenario:
Miguel Thomaso – a masonry worker from Vera Cruz has paid big money to a coyote – a person who assists illegal immigrants into our country – to help him get into the United States. After crossing the border into the U.S., Miguel and his fellow illegals try to put as much distance as they can from the border. After several days, Miguel and his friends arrive in Herndon, Virginia. Miguel has heard that employment is available and no one asks any questions as to citizenship or work permits. Miguel also has found out that the Gringo contractors in their pick-up trucks pay in cash. Everything that Miguel has heard is true …with a bonus: The city of Herndon provides a facility for Miguel and his friends to wait for the contractor and his pick-up truck. No identity check – nothing.
Several other American cities are following Herndon's example of "don't ask, don't tell." Last week, I traveled by automobile from Virginia to Florida. Talking to people along the way, I learned that illegal immigration is affecting every major city in the United States.
While I sympathize with the hard-working Miguels in their quest for employment and a new life, I am horrified to think of the long term implications of this illegal influx on our Social Security and our federal tax base. There are other problems as well. If Miguel smuggles his wife and three children to Herndon, Fairfax County, Virginia is obligated to educate the offspring of a man who pays no taxes and, for all practical purposes, does not exist at least for social security or federal tax purposes.
Then there is the drug problem. If you are lost in the 80's or 90's, wake up. Mexico has become the source of choice for dope in this country. The same coyote that brought Miguel into the country also doubles as a mule in the exportation of illegal drugs from Mexico. Sometimes the illegals themselves are coerced or tricked into carrying the drugs across the border. Many of these people are armed – heavily. The Yuma County Sheriff's Department in Yuma, Arizona has recently purchased a nine ton, British surplus, armored personnel carrier to patrol the border. Yuma deputies are increasingly subject to rock throwing, gunfire, and ramming by fleeing vehicles. In Laredo, Texas, it's worse.
Across the bridge from Laredo in Nuevo Laredo, two groups of rival narco-terrorists are at war with each other fighting over the territorial rights to export drugs to San Antonio, Houston, Dallas, and points east and west. Since January of this year, 147 people have died in the violence that is now spilling into Laredo. The situation is not improving and George Bush's friend, Vicente Fox, the president of Mexico, has not seen fit to do anything about the situation – or at least not do anything effective. Corruption and drug payoffs in Mexico reach to the highest levels. Meanwhile the governors of Arizona and New Mexico are asking for a presidential order declaring a national emergency because of the impact that illegal immigration and drug trafficking is having on their states.
It will not be too long before the vigilante groups patrolling some parts of the border – assisting the tapped out Border Patrol – are attacked with several killed in the process. At that point, George Bush or whoever inherits this country's helm, has an opportunity to bring some needed change to a region of the country that is more of a threat to our national security than Iraq or Afghanistan. We will eventually need to invade and secure northern Mexico where it borders the U.S. from Texas to California. A buffer zone reaching at least fifty miles into Mexican territory needs to be established - patrolled by at least eight divisions of U.S. troops and supporting Border Patrol.
Now do I honestly think any of this will happen? Of course, not, the United States Government is not in the national security business any longer. We talk a good fight and go through all the motions, but when it comes to actually protecting our citizens from real threats to our economy or to our security – we fail miserably. The threat from Miguel and his brothers is much greater than the threat from Osama. We can really do something about Miguel, but we choose not to.
In March of 1846, General Zachary Taylor invaded Mexico – of course this was a grab for territory and by today's standards would not be justified, however the second invasion of Mexico authorized by President Woodrow Wilson was justified by attacks across the border on Columbus, New Mexico at the instigation of the great bandito and revolutionary, Pancho Villa. During the Mexican Punitive Expedition as it was called, one of our great generals, George S. Patton, then a first lieutenant, had his first taste of battle. After being attacked from a Mexican hacienda, Patton took three Dodge touring cars and counterattacked, killing his attackers. He then tied three of the dead leaders to the front fender of his vehicle and toured them through the local villages to impress the natives. Mexican resistance slowed down considerably after word of this got out.
We can stop the invasion of illegal immigrants and illegal drugs from Mexico. Do our leaders have the will and determination of George S. Patton to do it?
Hats off to Sheriff Ralph Ogden of Yuma, Arizona for having the guts and determination to protect his citizens and his deputies. Are you paying attention, George?