2007 May 02 Wednesday
Border Enforcement Cuts Into Drug Flows

Increased border enforcement along the US-Mexico border is creating difficulties for drug smugglers.

U.S. and Mexican law enforcement officials told The Associated Press drug traffickers, in response to a U.S. border crackdown, have seized control of the routes they once shared with human smugglers and in the process are transforming themselves into more diversified crime syndicates.

The drug gangs get protection money from the migrants and then effectively use them to clear the trail for the flow of drugs.

The illegal aliens won't serve as useful tools of the drug smugglers once we have border-length walls and fences that made illegal crossings too difficult for the vast bulk of the illegal crossers.

The gangs use undocumented aliens “to maneuver where they want us or don’t want us to be,” said Alonzo Pena, chief of investigations for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Arizona.

Note the way the Associated Press uses Orwellian Speak to refer to illegal aliens as undocumented. Our elites so want to brainwash us.

The article reports that border fences and more personnel to patrol the border have forced the drug smugglers to share crossings with people trying to cross over to live in the US illegally. This is a sign that increased border enforcement works. Contrary to the claims of the open borders advocates we can get control of the border. The drug smugglers are losing more of their contraband.

The Mexican border is providing a less reliable profit stream for drug smugglers, analysts and law enforcement officials say. The United States seized 20 percent more cocaine and 28 percent more marijuana along the border in the past six months, compared with the same period a year ago.

We should construct a border barrier layer made of multiple layers of walls and fences. The barrier should extend along the entire US-Mexico border. Such a barrier would stop almost all people smuggling and drug smuggling across the border. The drug smugglers will then make more attempts at tunneling. But people emerging from tunnels will become detectable with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) which transmit images to computers which run image processing algorithms to detect human movements.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2007 May 02 10:09 PM  Immigration Border Control

dchamil said at May 3, 2007 12:07 AM:

Any fence that is built will be attacked by drug smugglers to make holes in it. We will have to defend the fence or wall with deadly force, which is OK with me.

Anon said at May 3, 2007 1:15 PM:

I have commented here before about the Morice Line that the French built between Algeria and Tunisia to prevent the FLN from sending people and supplies into Algeria. It was a resounding success with an electrified fence and sensors that stopped the FLN cold. This was back in the late 1950's. The technology exists and it works. A barrier like that is ideal for the arid Southwest. But our elites down't want to control the border, but you already knew that.

pjgoober said at May 4, 2007 10:10 AM:

dchamil, how is the deadly force that the fence must be protected with any different from the deadly force that banks are protected with? Your point is correct, but upon close inspection it is unremarkable. The only difference is that up until this time there hasn't been anywhere near the effort being put forth to protect our borders as there has been to protect banks.

Mark said at May 6, 2007 11:51 AM:

Another thing that might also be effective, is instead of sending the illegals back to Mexico, we should send them to Iraq.

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