Friday, December 23, 2005

Mexican President Voices Opposition to Border Wall

Congress has amazingly began taking action to curb the rampant violation by smugglers of humans and drugs across our border with Mexico.

Plans for a two fence obstacle including high tech surveillance of the wall area , its approaches from the South and the no man's land in between the fences are moving through Congress.

Mexico's President Vincente Fox first to cry out against the enhanced border security. He was shortly followed by others such as

Luis Ernesto Derbez, echoed his complaints on Tuesday.

"Mexico is not going to bear, it is not going to permit, and it will not allow a stupid thing like this wall," Derbez said.

"What has to be done is to raise a storm of criticism, as is already happening, against this," he said, promising to turn the international community against the plan.

Mexico not going to allow us to build a wall on our side of the border?

I would say this question was decided during the Mexican American War.

In fact for the territory added to the United States we even compensated Mexico for details see the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo.

For those that do not recall studying the Mexican American War here is a brief synopsis:

Mexican troops cross border into Texas which recently had gained independence from Mexico and became a member state of the United States by treaty. A battle ensues and this act of naked aggression is met by large numbers of volunteer militias from various states and the regular U.S. Army, Navy and Marines.

Despite Mexico's Army outnumbering the United States' Armed forces more than five times over the United States military forces routed the Mexican Army at nearly every turn.

At the Battle of Chihuaha Alexander Doniphan led the Missouri Volunteers numbering approximately 300 men into an attack upon Mexican forces estimated at 1200. During the course of the battle the Mexican forces were routed suffering 300 dead and another 300 wounded while the Missouri Volunteers suffered one killed and five wounded.

The will of the citizens of the United States is calling overwhelmingly for improved border security.

Leaving aside the crime, depression of wages for unskilled and semi-skilled workers and negative impact of providing social services to the massive influx of illegal aliens which would negate any presumed benefit of less expensive labor, it is known that nearly half those caught crossing the border illegally are euphemistically referred to as OTM by the Border Patrol. OTM stands for Other Than Mexican.

That's right we have a gaping security chasm to our South that allows people from southwestern Asia, China and every other country to cross with impunity and nearly without fear of detection.

Its time we stopped this madness and a solid physical barrier is the first step.

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