On June 17, Fox News reported approximately 3,500 acres of federal land in the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in Arizona remains closed to taxpayers — four years after it was originally closed.
The area has been closed since Oct. 6, 2006 because of “a marked increase in violence along the border due to human and drug trafficking,” according a statement by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Fox News reports there are signs posted which read, “Visitors may encounter armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed. Stay away from trash, clothing, backpacks and abandoned vehicles.”
In other words, the federal government has effectively ceded control of American soil to the Mexican drug cartels.
Our founders must be spinning in their graves.
Meanwhile on June 9 there was an armed standoff between American Border Patrol Agents and what were, depending upon who you talk to, either Mexican National Police or Mexican soldiers near El Paso, Texas, after the tragic shooting of a 15 year-old Mexican boy by the Border Patrol.
Then, of course, we have Phoenix, Ariz., which is the No. 1 place in America to go — provided you want to be kidnapped by the cartels. There were 366 people kidnapped by the cartels in Phoenix in 2008, the last year for which I was able to find complete numbers.
And it’s not just happening in Phoenix, other border states are finding the same problem, and it’s not just illegals which are being kidnapped. It’s American citizens as well.
So of course, the administration is responding to these outrageous violations of American sovereignty with dispatch.
Of course they are moving to secure the border and protect Americans.
Of course they are moving to punish the cartels which are operating with near impunity on American soil.
Or perhaps not.
Perhaps what the administration is actually doing is preparing to sue the state of Arizona over an immigration law which does nothing but insist the state enforce existing federal law.
Perhaps what the administration is actually doing is inviting Mexican President Felipe Calderon to speak to a joint session of Congress in order to chide us for immigration laws which are many times more liberal than Mexico’s.
To be fair Obama did send 1,200 National Guard troops to the border. Well, sort of to the border — the troops will be in mostly administrative positions — useful to be sure, but not boots on the ground securing the border.
Critics scream that sending the 6,000 troops senators John McCain and Jon Kyl have called for would set the border aflame.
The problem is the border is already aflame — on our side.
It’s time to take the gloves off. We need to take the cartels down and secure our border.
If that means sending special forces across the border to target and kill the cartels, so be it.
If that means sending combat troops to the border to interdict smuggling — again, so be it.
It is unbelievable to me that we have allowed this to continue for as long as we have. It is time it stopped.
All IMHO of course.