What We Lost on the Border

What We Lost on the Border

By Shields Fair

An entire way of life has died on the Arizona border.  T.J. Woodard has described for AT readers the dire state of affairs in Cochise County today. But to really understand the magnitude of the change, you need to understand the situation as it was before the floodgates opened.
I grew up in Douglas, Cochise County, Arizona in the 50’s and 60’s, and it was a wonderful place to live. Douglas is right on the Mexican border, in the southeast corner of the state, just 50 miles west of the Arizona – New Mexico border. 
My parents owned a sporting goods store in Douglas for 35 years.  We had many friends who were ranchers and business people from both sides of the border.  My father and I would go hunting and fishing all over the county and in many parts of Mexico… yes I said hunting. In the 50’s and 60’s one could carry guns and ammo across into Mexico and go hunting.  Very little was required in the way of paperwork. 
As I recall, Douglas had just one border patrolman, Ray Borane Sr.  Later his sons Joe became Chief of Police and later judge in Douglas, and Ray Jr. became school superintendent and mayor of Douglas.  
There was no crime that I was ever aware of, no drugs, very few illegals. 
Our home was on 9th street, which was nine blocks from the Mexican border.  We never locked our doors at home and nothing ever got stolen. As kids, we could ride our bicycles anywhere in town, kick down the kick stand and come back later and get back on and ride off.  We did not have to lock our bicycles. 
We were the last home on the east side of town.  Out our back door was the desert to the east all the way to the mountains about five miles away and to the south was nothing but desert all the way to Mexico and beyond. As a kid, my friends and I would wander the desert, chase rabbits with our BB guns and crawl under the two strands of barbed wire that looked like any other fence and find ourselves in Mexico.  We would stop and look at these curious concrete monuments that declared that the U.S. was on the north side and Mexico was on the south side of this monument. No one ever stopped us. 
The area of town just east of our home all the way (15 blocks) to the Douglas Municipal Airport had, in about 1914 – 1918 been an Army encampment known as “Camp Harry Jones”.  For us kids this was a “treasure trove” of long discarded badges, belt buckles, brass buttons, bottles, and such left behind when the camp was finally disbanded in about 1919. 
Douglas Municipal Airport has the distinction of being the “first international airport in all of the Americas”, which of course includes Latin and South America.   General Pershing use to fly Jenny aircraft out of this field chasing Pancho Villa and his troops who regularly raided border towns such as Douglas/Agua Prieta and Columbus, New Mexico.  
During the ‘20’s, ‘30’s , ‘40’s and early ‘50’s the Sunset Limited train ran between New York and Las Angeles.  Four to six passenger trains a day would stop in Douglas going east or west.  Many passengers would get off and stay at the luxurious Gadsden Hotel, for a day or more before going on their way.  From the ‘20’s through the ‘40’s there were casinos in Agua Prieta, the town immediately across from Douglas across the border, and they were a big draw for the train travelers. 
There also were quite a number of great night clubs, restaurants, liquor stores and curio shops in Agua Prieta. The night clubs had great bands and wonderful food.  Crossing the border was like crossing the street.  Douglas and Agua Prieta were “like one city with a fence down the middle.”  In the early days a number of famous “Big Bands” would pass through, usually on the train and stop and play for a few days in Douglas and Agua Prieta. 
During the ‘40’s, 10 miles north of Douglas was the Douglas Air Base, a bomber training base which at one time boasted over 20,000 airmen.  After the war, a number of them stayed or moved back to Douglas. 
Like most towns and cities in Mexico, Agua Prieta had its red light district (“La Zona Rosa”), where prostitution was legal.  Many a young man from the U.S., including the Army Base at Fort Huachucha,  in Sierra Vista, and Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson,  (and of course the airmen during the ‘40’s), lost their virginity in the “Linda Vista”, the “White House”, the “Flamingo” or one of a half dozen other establishments on the “Hill” in Agua Prieta.  Rumors have it that Percy Boden, the chief of Police of Douglas for more than 40 years, was a major owner of a number of these establishments in Agua Prieta. 
Ben Williams Senior, a prominent business man, rancher and entrepreneur, and a close friend of my father, owned lots of property in Cochise County including the “John Slaughter Ranch”, ranches in Sonora Mexico, the Power Company and the Telephone Company in Agua Prieta, Sonora. 
The Mexicans from both sides of the border were all our friends. We all drank, ate, laughed, cried, fished and hunted together.  We went to each other’s families’ funerals, weddings, and parties.  
In the ‘50’s it was legal to bring a gallon of liquor back per adult.  People would drive down from Tucson and Phoenix with a car load of adults and haul back lots of liquor which was purchased very low prices.  The exchange rate was 12.5 pesos to the dollar, or 8 cents each!
My Father and I frequently went hunting on ranches that were owned by our rancher friends on both sides of the border.  These included the Glenn’s, Koontz’s, the William’s, Boss’s, the Morales’s, and the Krentz’s.  
Like all of the ranchers listed above, the Krentz family had owned their ranch before Arizona became a state.  It has been passed down over four generations.  Bob Krentz, who was 10 years behind me in high school was shot and killed in cold blood on March 28, 2010, by what is believed to be a scout for the Drug runners.  All indications are that this was retaliation for the fact that he and his brother found a large stash of marijuana on their property several days earlier and turned it over to the border patrol.  
Later, in 1970 I moved back to Douglas and managed and later owned manufacturing plants with over 400 employees, in Agua Prieta.  I also started MEXSAT, S.A. de C.V, which was the first company to hold the licenses to Design, manufacture, distribute and install satellite television equipment in Mexico.  From 1981 through 1986 I had offices in all the major cities in Mexico.
I can state without any reservation that in more than 40 years of traveling to all corners in Mexico,  1948 – 1995, that I never had one problem with any individual or any agency in Mexico.  Sadly, times have changed and I have no intention to return to Mexico today, nor in the future.  My Mexican friends come and visit me, but I do not reciprocate.
I recently returned to Douglas for our 50th High School Reunion.  Douglas looked extremely run down.  A number of the stores on the main street in town which has formerly been the Kress, Woolworth, JCPenny, Sears, Levy’s and Phelps Dodge Mercantile and other name stores are now rundown ‘bodegas’ owned by Koreans.  The town looked old, tired and decrepit.  Everything needs a good scrubbing and a paint job.  Many boarded-up buildings.  There were border patrol vehicles all over town.  Douglas is now the location of two Arizona state Prisons.  I am told that there are over 500 border patrol agents stationed in Douglas and the second largest employer after the Federal employees, (the border and customs agents), are the Prison Guards. 
Douglas had previously been a thriving hub of commerce, with high paying jobs for the workers of Phelps Dodge Corporation and other industries.  People from many miles around on both sides of the border came to Douglas to shop.
In the last several years I lived in Douglas in the early ‘80’s, I witnessed several Hospitals in Cochise County go bankrupt. This has become the pattern along the borde. Why?  Because hospitals gave service to birthing babies of illegal women who did not have the capacity to pay the hospital bills.  As we all know, these are referred to as “anchor babies”, because they are immediately eligible for a variety of our social services including but not limited to: food stamps, aid to dependent children, welfare, and many more. I do not blame these women; they found a loophole in our system.  The fact that after 40 years the loophole still remains open is the scandal. You and I as wage earners are paying for this with our taxes.  If the situation were reversed and a female American Citizen gave birth in Mexico, no such benefits would be forthcoming. 
Where we use to be able to look across the border and see homes, not unlike our own, now all you see is a very ugly graffiti covered rusting 10 foot high Iron wall with trash piled up against it on both sides.  Sort of reminds one of the Berlin wall.
When my family moved to Douglas in 1948 the population was about 14,000.  Agua Prieta across the border was slightly smaller. Today, Douglas is about 18,000 and AP is over 150,000.  It has sadly become one of the major staging areas along the border for drugs and illegals looking for any kind of opening or opportunity to slip across our border.
By 1986 I could see that the border situation was deteriorating rapidly, sold my businesses and moved away from Douglas.
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Tax Reminder………April 15, 2010 I blieve in legal immigration illegal is against the laws of the U. S. DUH!!

 

Tax  Reminder………April 15, 2010  


 
 
 
Important tax  reminder:    


Don’t forget to pay  your taxes….
Muchas  gracias!  

 

21 million illegal  aliens are depending on you!  
  
 

 

THE BORDER

THE BORDER

 

IF YOU CROSS THE NORTH KOREAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET 12 YEARS HARD LABOR.

IF YOU CROSS THE IRANIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU ARE DETAINED INDEFINITELY.

IF YOU CROSS THE AFGHAN BORDER ILLEGALLY, YOU GET SHOT.

IF YOU CROSS THE SAUDI ARABIAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE JAILED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CHINESE BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU MAY NEVER BE HEARD FROM AGAIN.

IF YOU CROSS THE VENEZUELAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE BRANDED A SPY AND YOUR  FATE WILL BE SEALED.

IF YOU CROSS THE CUBAN BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU WILL BE THROWN INTO POLITICAL PRISON TO ROT.

IF YOU CROSS THE U.S. BORDER ILLEGALLY YOU GET. A JOB, A DRIVERS LICENSE, SOCIAL SECURITY CARD, WELFARE, FOOD STAMPS, CREDIT CARDS, SUBSIDIZED RENT OR A LOAN TO BUY A HOUSE, FREE EDUCATION, FREE HEALTH CARE, A LOBBYIST IN WASHINGTON. BILLIONS OF DOLLARS WORTH OF PUBLIC DOCUMENTS PRINTED IN YOUR LANGUAGE. THE RIGHT TO CARRY YOUR COUNTRY’S FLAG WHILE YOU PROTEST THAT YOU DON’T GET ENOUGH
RESPECT.

 
 
*I JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE I HAD
A FIRM GRASP ON THE SITUATION.*
 

Mexican Drug Cartels Armed to the Hilt, Threatening National Security

Mexican Drug Cartels Armed to the Hilt, Threatening National Security
Wednesday, February 04, 2009

By Matt Sanchez

In November, along the border with Texas, Mexican authorities arrested drug cartel leader Jaime “el Hummer” Gonzalez Duran — one of the founders of “Los Zetas,” a paramilitary organization of former Mexican soldiers who decided there was more money to be made in selling drugs than in serving in the Mexican military.

As El Hummer was being transported to the airport in an armed vehicle, his fellow cartel members launched a brazen attack against the federales.

They were armed to the teeth. Their arsenal ranged from semi-automatic rifles to rocket-propelled grenades. When the smoke finally cleared and the government had prevailed, Mexican federal agents captured 540 assault rifles, more than 500,000 rounds of ammunition, 150 grenades, 14 cartridges of dynamite, 98 fragmentation grenades, 67 bulletproof vests, seven Barrett .50-caliber sniper rifles and a Light Anti Tank (LAW) rocket.

Click here to see video of the Mexican military’s fight with the drug cartels.

This is modern Mexico, where the leaders of the powerful drug cartels are armed to the teeth with sophisticated weapons, many of which are smuggled over the border from the United States. It is with this array of superior weapons that drug cartels are threatening the very stability of their own country. And it’s why America’s outgoing CIA Director, Michael Hayden, says violence in Mexico will pose the second greatest threat to U.S. security next year, right after Al Qaeda.

“Americans are understandably focused on the flow of drugs and migrants into the U.S. from Mexico,” says Andreas Peter, author of “Border Games: Policing the U.S.-Mexico Divide.”

“But too often glossed over in the border security debate is the flow of weapons across the border into Mexico,” he told Foxnews.com in a statement via the Internet.

The cartels are obtaining arms from America by using “straw man” buyers, who legally purchase weapons at gun shops and gun shows in the U.S. The weapons cross into Mexico, where border security is much weaker heading south of the border than it is going north.

Authorities don’t know how many firearms are sneaked across the border, but the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) says more than 7,700 guns sold in America were traced to Mexico last year, up from 3,300 the year before and about 2,100 in 2006. Mexican authorities say 90 percent of smuggled weapons come from the United States.

In Northern Mexico, high-powered American weapons have enabled drug cartels to control whole territories. There is the Colt AR-15, the civilian version of the military M-16. And there is the “cuernos de chivo” — Spanish for goat horns . . . the 30-shot curved banana clip of the AK-47.

The AK-47, long the symbol of guerrilla revolution, is not the most accurate or technical assault rifle, but it gets the job done. It is the workhorse of drug cartels, and ammunition can come from a variety of world sources, including the United States.

And then there are the sniper rifles.

“The .50-caliber was interesting because we haven’t seen that type of arm used in Mexico yet,” said Scott Stewart, a former U.S. Army intelligence officer and an analyst for Stratfor, a geopolitical security firm. The .50-caliber long-range sniper rifle is incredibly accurate and dangerous; a trained operator could kill a human being with a round from well over a mile away.

For criminal cartels like Los Zetas, greater firepower means greater influence in not only the drug trade; it has enabled them to infiltrate and threaten the entire power structure of Mexico. In December, the Mexican attorney general announced the arrest of Maj. Arturo Gonzalez Rodriguez for allegedly assisting Mexican drug trafficking organizations — allegedly for $100,000 a month.

The connection between the drug cartels and the Mexican army has given cartel leaders access to military grade weapons like the high powered Five-Seven semi-automatic pistols.

A favorite with the cartels, the Five-Seven has the advantage of being light: under 2 pounds, with a 20-round clip filled with bullets the cartels call “matapolicias’ — “cop killers.”

“The 5.7 x 28, armor piercing (AP) rounds are not available for sale to the general public and are probably coming from the Mexican military,” said Stewart who has analyzed U.S.-Mexican border security issues for half a decade.

The drug-related murder rate in Mexico doubled in 2008 from just one year before, and as the violence escalates, the power of the drug cartels has destabilized Mexican authority to the point of threatening national security.

Last week Gen. Ángeles Dahuajare announced that more than 17,000 soldiers had deserted in 2008.

“The Mexican Army is becoming a revolving door for the enforcement arm of the drug cartels; they simply pay better,” Stewart said.

“If they don’t get the weapons from the U.S., they’ll get it from somewhere else: Brazil, Guatemala, Argentina or even former satellite state ‘gray markets,'” he said.

Despite the efforts of his comrades in crime, El Hummer wound up in jail — and Mexican authorities paraded him before the media to reassure the public that they are still in control.

But that was largely for show. As long as weapons flow into Mexico, the drug cartels will be able to develop an arsenal. “Control” will be unstable, at best.

What If Mexico Loses Its Drug War?

What If Mexico Loses Its Drug War?

By INVESTOR’S BUSINESS DAILY | Posted Wednesday, January 14, 2009 4:20 PM PT

Security: A new Pentagon forecast warns that Mexico is so embattled by drug lords it could rapidly collapse. The study says the only other state so threatened is Pakistan. This ought to be a wake-up call about U.S. priorities.


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As the Obama administration moves into office, new faces at the national security establishment with fresh perspective and a few long memories will be a good thing. That’s because the U.S. may be forced to shift national security resources toward Mexico, based on the grim possibility that it might not make it out of its drug war.

Vicious traffickers plaguing its border cities have a good chance of taking over the nation. If the worst happens, it will have major implications for the U.S. It’s time to pay attention now.

In its assessment of worldwide security threats, known as the “Joint Operating Environment,” or JOE 2008 report, the United States Joint Forces Command warns that Mexico and Pakistan face the possibility of a “rapid and sudden” collapse.

“The Mexican possibility may seem less likely, but the government, its politicians, police and judicial infrastructure are all under sustained assault and pressure by criminal gangs and drug cartels. How that international conflict turns out over the next several years will have a major impact on the stability of the Mexican state. Any descent by Mexico into chaos would demand an American response based on the serious implications for homeland security alone,” the report said.

Some of those implications are very grim indeed.

Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said last week that the U.S. needed to be prepared for a spillover of the drug violence into the U.S. and would have to be prepared to fight it.

That means a military surge — not to defend faraway Iraq, but defending our own homeland. A collapsed state will bring millions of Mexicans spilling over our border, not as illegal immigrants, but war refugees, fleeing for their lives from violence.

The U.S. will have no choice but to accept such refugees on humanitarian grounds, just as Pakistan, Thailand and Venezuela have had to do from over their own borders in the past. Criminals often embed themselves among them, to prey on the helpless and to expand their operations, creating a new internal threat to the U.S.

It sounds like extreme contingency planning to warn of these threats, but history, for one, is not entirely on Mexico’s side.

Mexico’s history has been of warring caudillo fiefdoms, which drug lords thrive in. Mexico’s history as a modern state is brief, dating from 1930 after PRI socialists consolidated power.

Its history as a democracy is even briefer because the PRI went on to rule as a one-party state for 70 years, stunting democratic development, although it inched forward and gained a two-party system in 2000.

That leaves Mexico with only eight years of multiparty democracy. Again, it’s ideal for drug traffickers, whose aim is to corrupt it to their own ends — just as in Colombia, where a duly elected government is at war with Marxist FARC narco-guerrillas.

That’s where Mexico could be not too long from now and unlike any other drug empire, it sits right on our border waiting to spill over. Clearly, some important action needs to be taken.

First, the U.S. must find more money to strengthen and support the $1.4 billion Merida Initiative designed to professionalize Mexico’s military and civil forces to fight the well-armed and well-funded drug traffickers. The U.S. has given out the first $400 million, but in an era of big bailouts it should find room to give Mexico the additional resources it has asked for.

Second, U.S. defense contingency plans need to be stepped up, as the report implies. We shouldn’t be caught napping.

Third, we need to educate the public about the threat so that Congress will have less trouble scaring up the resources.

All of these things are important, and will undoubtedly be considered by the Obama administration.

If there is one sign of hope from this Pandora’s box of coming trouble, it’s that President Clinton and then-Senator Joe Biden took the lead in helping to crush the drug war in Colombia in 1998.

A Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vice President Joe Biden are likely to understand the implications of a potential narco-state, and on our border no less.

Let’s hope they put the experience and success of 1998 to an even greater task of defending the U.S. from an outside threat every bit as serious as that seen in Pakista

Barack Obama, An Illegal Immigrant’s DREAM

INTERESTING…………….. You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much? Read this:

Interesting…

 

AN EDUCATION TO ALL WHO ARE AMERICANS…

You think the war in Iraq is costing us too much?  Read this:

Boy am I confused.  I have been hammered with the propaganda that it is the Iraq war and the war on terror that is bankrupting us.

I now find that to be RIDICULOUS.

I hope the following 14 reasons are forwarded over and over again until they are read so many times that the reader gets sick of reading them.  I have included the URL’s for verification of all the following facts.

1.  $11 Billion to $22 billion is spent on welfare to illegal aliens each year.
     Verify at: http://tinyurl.com/zob77

2.  $2.2 Billion dollars a year is spent on food assistance programs such as food stamps, WIC, and free school  

     Lunches for illegal aliens.
     Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

3.  $2.5 Billion dollars a year is spent on Medicaid for illegal aliens.
     Verify at: http://www.cis.org/articles/2004/fiscalexec.html

4.  $12 Billion dollars a year is spent on primary and secondary school education for children here illegally and they

     Cannot speak a word of English!
     Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.0.html

5.  $17 Billion dollars a year is spent for education for the American-born children of illegal aliens, known as anchor

     Babies.
     Verify at http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

6.  $3 Million Dollars a DAY is spent to incarcerate illegal aliens.
     Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

7.  30% percent of all Federal Prison inmates are illegal aliens.
     Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

8.  $90 Billion Dollars a year is spent on illegal aliens for Welfare & social services by the American taxpayers.
     Verify at: http://premium.cnn.com/TRANSCIPTS/0610/29/ldt.01.html

9.  $200 Billion Dollars a year in suppressed American wages are caused by the illegal aliens.
     Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0604/01/ldt.01.html

10. The illegal aliens in the United States have a crime rate that’s two and a half times that of white non-illegal aliens.  

      In particular, their children, are going to make a huge additional crime problem in the US
      Verify at: http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0606/12/ldt.01.html

11. During the year of 2005 there were 4 to 10 MILLION illegal aliens that crossed our Southern Border also, as many as  

      19,500 illegal aliens from Terrorist Countries.  Millions of pounds of drugs, cocaine, meth, heroin and marijuana, crossed  

      Into the U. S from the Southern border.
      Verify at: Homeland Security Report: http://tinyurl.com/t9sht

12. The National Policy Institute, ‘estimated that the total cost of mass deportation would be between $206 and $230 billion

      Or an average cost of between $41 and $46 billion annually over a five year period.’
      Verify at: http://www.nationalpolicyinstitute.org/pdf/deportation.pdf

13. In 2006 illegal aliens sent home $45 BILLION in remittances back to their countries of origin.
      Verify at: http://www.rense.com/general75/niht.htm

14. ‘The Dark Side of Illegal Immigration: Nearly One Million Sex Crimes Committed by Illegal Immigrants In The United

        States ‘
        Verify at: http://www.drdsk.com/articleshtml

The total cost is a whopping $338.3 BILLION DOLLARS A YEAR.  Are we THAT stupid?

If this doesn’t bother you then just delete the message.  If, on the other hand, if it does raise the hair on the back of your neck, I hope you forward it to every legal resident in the country including every representative in Washington, D.C. – five times a week for as long as it takes to restore some semblance of intelligence in our policies and enforcement thereof. 

 

 


Semper If,