It’s Official: U.S. Warns It Can’t Guard Part of U.S. – Mexican Border

Uptick in Violence Forces Closing of Parkland Along Mexico Border to Americans

 Published June 16, 2010

| FOXNews.com

About 3,500 acres of southern Arizona have been closed off to U.S. citizens due to increased violence at the U.S.-Mexico border, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

The closed off area includes part of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge that stretches along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu told Fox News that violence against law enforcement officers and U.S. citizens has increased in the past four months, forcing officers on an 80 mile stretch of Arizona land north of the Mexico border off-limits to Americans.

The refuge had been adversely affected by the increase in drug smugglers, illegal activity and surveillance, which made it dangerous for Americans to visit.

“The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent,” said refuge manager Mitch Ellis.

“It’s literally out of control,” said Babeu. “We stood with Senator McCain and literally demanded support for 3,000 soldiers to be deployed to Arizona to get this under control and finally secure our border with Mexico. “

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials have warned visitors in Arizona to beware of heavily armed drug smugglers and human traffickers.

“We need support from the federal government. It’s their job to secure the border and they haven’t done it,” said Babeu. “In fact, President Obama suspended the construction of the fence and it’s just simply outrageous.”

Signs have been posted warning Americans not to cross into the closed off territory south of Interstate 8. Babeu said the signs are not enough – he said Arizona needs more resources to help scale back the violence caused by the drug cartels.

“We need action. It’s shameful that we, as the most powerful nation on Earth, … can’t even secure our own border and protect our own families.”

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2010/06/16/closes-park-land-mexico-border-americans/

UPDATE: From the official website of the U.S. Fish & Wild Life Service 06/16/2010

Welcome
Visit a landscape of rippling grassland flanked by mountains, and riparian zones rich in bird life. Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge provides approximately 118,000 acres of habitat for threatened and endangered plants and animals. The semidesert grassland supports the reintroduction of masked bobwhite quail and pronghorns.

Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge Remains Open

June 2010
Recently there were reports in the news stating that the Buenos Aries National Wildlife Refuge was closed. This information is not correct. In early 2006, a small section of land (about 3% of the refuge) along the border was closed to visitation. However, no new restrictions are in place and the majority of the refuge remains open. Today, we are seeing a decline in violent activity in the southern most area thanks to ongoing cooperation between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and US Customs and Border Protection. The Refuge will reopen the lands along the border at such time that it is determined to be safe for visitors.

http://www.fws.gov/southwest/refuges/arizona/buenosaires/index.html

McAuleysWorld: Let me see, “The Refuge will reopen the lands along the border at such time that it is determined to be safe for visitors” means the lands are in fact, still closed. Unless you are using some type of new math, 3% of 118,000 acres equals 3540 acres. Please note that the  “Federal Fish & Wildlife Service” is in agreement with the Secretary of Homeland Security who claims the border has never been safer, well actually the Fish and Wildlife staff just say it is relatively safere, but not safe enough to reopen the “closed” section of the park. On the other hand the County Sheriff, as reported above, has a significantl;y different take.

You can decide.

This says nothing about the ecological damage being done to the Park, a subject that the Federal Fish & Wildlife Service is forbiding park employees to discuss … What ecological damage you ask ….. 

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    Immigration and Common Sense Edit this entry

    Posted on May 16, 2010 by donnieshortpants

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    The recent madness over the Arizona Governor signing a bill making it legal for police officers to question a persons immigration status has reached the point of lunacy. The city of Los Angeles, despite being nearly bankrupt, has decided to cease doing business with the State of Arizona . Because of previous pending contracts with Arizona business, the City of Los Angeles will lose money that is sorely needed to stave off potential bankruptcy. Why, you might ask, is L.A. doing something so reckless and obviously opposed to its citizens financial best interests? Political Correctness is the answer. Liberals ,without even reading the text of the law that was signed, are stirring up the usual suspects into a frenzy of non

    thinking protest and divisiveness that can only harm this nation at a time when we are vulnerable economically and from terrorist threats. Arizona has a problem with illegal immigration that needs to be solved. Constitutionally it is the job of the Federal Government to solve problems concerning immigration. The problem is that the Federal Government has not in the past done anything about this problem and refuses to do anything now. That being the case, the State of Arizona has a Constitutional obligation to protect its citizens. Because the Federal Government won’t act, the State of Arizona did and to legal scholars the law they passed passes Constitutional muster. Why won’t the Federal Government take action when it is obvious that our country is being invaded? The reasons are that 1. Corporations own this country and its political elites. They demand open borders to provide a constant supply of cheap labor and Scabs to defeat union organizing attempts. 2. Both Republicans and Democrats are petrified that they will permanently offend the largest growing ethnic population in the U.S. (Hispanics) and lose their votes. These parochial concerns have no credibility in a time when our national economic and physical security are so at risk. Since 1965, when the “Immigration Act of 1965″ was passed, the gates of this country have been thrown open to massive immigration from countries that have never had their people successfully assimilated into advanced first world cultures. Not only have they not assimilated, many have no desire to assimilate and come here with hostile attitudes to western culture. Just because there was a time when massive immigration was good for this country, does not mean that massive immigration is always a good thing. The ” Immigration Act of 1924″ limited immigration to allow for a time of assimilation of massive numbers who came between 1880 and 1920. During WWI. immigration ceased entirely. During WWII. there was an intentional moratorium placed on immigration. During hard times and times of national emergency these measures make good sense. What is the answer? What do we need to do right now? 1. We need to construct permanent twin fences (15 ft. high) enclosing a two lane road to permit Border Patrol to move in both directions . We need motion sensors buried in this roadway to detect people who have breached the outer fence. Beyond the fence there needs to be coiled wire (8 ft. high) and beyond the wire ditches to stop trucks and SUV’s along all 2,000 miles of the southern border. This should be paid for by a $5.00 fee to enter the U.S. and the savings from Welfare, Healthcare, Education and Incarceration that is used by illegal immigrants. 2. We need to end automatic citizenship of children born to illegals in the U.S. . 3. Legal immigrants should only be allowed to bring wives and children into the country (no other family members). 4. We need to end dual citizenship. Anyone who votes in a foreign election or serves in another country’s military should lose their U.S. citizenship. 5. Provide only emergency services to illegals (no schooling, medical, etc.) Hiring illegals should be a crime punishable by monetary fine. Repeated violations should be subject to jail terms. Illegals should be ineligible for Social Security and Earned Income Tax Credits. 6. Because we have an unemployment rate currently at 9.9% we should call a moratorium on all immigration into this country. This moratorium should stand until the unemployment rate goes back down to the 5% level. The above proposals would seem to represent no more than common sense in a time when our country is struggling and endangered from terrorists. That’s just my opinion.
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