Friday, February 25, 2011

Seeing Makes For A Better Understanding

Yesterday's post was in regard to the GAO's report that how the majority of the Southwest border is unsecured. There's a lot of talk and description about how desolate and isolated the region is, but hearing about it and seeing it are two different things.

I know that some of you have never been to California, or the Southwest in general. I'm sure you've seen pictures in magazines or on TV, but they show you exactly what they want you to see, they way they want you to see it.

The accompanying photos were taken by me on my cross-country drive last July on the way home from Tennessee. They were taken in Arizona and are typical of the kind of terrain our Border Patrol agents have to contend with. While spectacular and beautiful, it is isolated and inhospitable where the temperature can get up into the 120's in the day time during the summer, and below freezing at night in the winter.

As you can see, it is real easy for thousands of illegals to pass through this desert virtually undetected. I know it sounds a little melodramatic, but it's true. People go in there, and never come out - alive at least. A few are never even found.

Back in the 1980's, there was a true story of a woman who made a wrong turn down a dirt road in desert terrain like this. When she realised her mistake, she tried to make a U-turn, and got stuck in the sand. She decided to walk the three miles back to the highway. She wasn't wearing a hat, sunblock and had no water. She didn't even make it halfway before she collapsed from the heat. She was dead of exposure when they found her the next day.

It's because of this situation, and others typical of the desert, that the need for troops on the border becomes quite clear. Unless we secure our borders NOW, the future of our Folk in this country is bleak. We will be a minority in thirty years, and by the end of this century, we will be virtually gone.

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