Jon Dougherty On Our Unreported Border War


“What does Cinco de Mayo
mean to me? I don`t need the reminder, but Cinco de Mayo
reminds me of
9-11
. It reminds me of America`s immigration policies
that threaten our form of constitutional government,
policies that threaten American culture and our most
treasured political traditions. It reminds me of third
world cesspools spreading to America. The

Rodney King rioters and looters
weren`t mostly
blacks; they were mostly Hispanics. The corruption of
American politics from unassimilated Mexicans streaming
through our porous borders for half a century has
undermined US security. There is the real meaning of

Cinco de Mayo.”

Jon Dougherty begins the twelfth and
final chapter of his new book,

Illegals: The Imminent Threat Posed by Our Unsecured
US-Mexican Border,
with that stunning quote from
international affairs consultant Rex Osgood.

And everything Dougherty writes
leading up to Chapter 12 painstakingly proves how totally
the US government has failed Americans—by refusing to
provide even token resistance to the unabated flow of
illegal aliens.

Dougherty`s book (soon to be a

motion picture!)
evolves from his

direct experiences at the border.
Illegals
presents a comprehensive overview of how conditions on
the US-Mexico border have rapidly deteriorated to what
they are today: a sieve of

desperate humanity
headed north with the
encouragement of Mexico and with only token resistance
from our federal government.

In 1997, in response to mounting
violence on American soil perpetrated by

Mexico-based
assailants against U.S. law enforcement
officers and soldiers, US Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA)

said
on the floor of Congress: “There have been
more firefights on the border in recent weeks than there
have been in Bosnia.”

Dougherty, who documents his story
with his own photos, reports that according to Border
Patrol agents in Arizona, arrests of both

Mexican military
and police are frequent.

But not surprisingly, given the
favorable disposition of the Bush Administration toward
Mexico, the invaders are usually released back to Mexico,
with their weapons, within twelve hours of capture.

Illegals also deals with the
growing

financial burden
illegal immigration imposes on

California
,

Arizona
and

Texas
.

Ironically, the former Governor of
Texas, George W. Bush, screamed as loudly as anyone when

funding
for the State Criminal Alien Assistant
Program didn`t cover Texas` costs.

Said then-Governor
Bush
in 1995: “If the federal government cannot do
its job of enforcing borders…then it owes the states
monies to pay for its failures.”

Maybe Bush should spend more time
re-reading his

old quotes.

After completing his book, Dougherty
anticipated that the crisis at the border, if unchecked,
would continue to deteriorate. And that is exactly what
has happened.

According to Glenn Spencer of
American Border Patrol, during the first three weeks of
March, at least seven separate violent incidents have
occurred. Among them are shootouts with

Border Patrol agents
, a shooting and killing of a
special agent, a

kidnapping
and an AK 47 attack on a rancher occurred.

Contributing to the Wild-West
atmosphere is an increased flow of migrants willing to do
anything to elude capture. The Associated Press reported
that as of March 31 2004, illegal immigration is up 25%
or 535,000 illegal aliens compared with the similar
period last year. [Illegal
immigration from Mexico to U.S. surges
April
27th, 2004 By Olga R. Rodriguez]

But Kathy McKee, Director of

Protect Arizona Now
tells me that two different
Border Patrol sources say between 8,000-10,000 aliens
cross the

Tucson Sector
every twelve hours.

That, calculates McKee, is 20,000
aliens a day—the equivalent of a new Arizona every eleven
months.

From Cochise County, another hot
spot for illegal alien traffic, Cynthia Kolb and her
husband Ed shared how they cope with illegal aliens
trespassers. In an interview Cynthia explained what it is
like:

“Living
on the border has put us on high alert 24/7. The refusal
of our elected officials to uphold the U.S Constitution
and

protect us from invasion
has forced many men and
women to

purchase firearms and learn to use them.

“When I
get dressed in the morning, I put on my holster and .38
S&W to protect my six-year-old daughter and myself. I
have a concealed weapon carry permit. We were trained to
know when and how to use our weapons. I would not
hesitate to send anyone to meet their maker if they
choose to put my life or the lives of my family in great
fear of bodily harm.

“Husbands do not want their wives to be without a gun.
And we moms are resentful that we must carry them.

“I am so
angry that I cannot walk out our front door of our home
or open our gate without it. Yet I am grateful to live in
Arizona where we have the legal right to

open carry
our guns.”

To see the conditions the Kolb
family and their neighbors endure, go to: the

Desert Visions website
, and view the slide
shows.[Send supportive

Email
to  the Kolbs.]

When I spoke to Dougherty about his
book, he said:

“In the
months since I traveled throughout border regions in
California, Arizona and Texas while researching
Illegals
, not much has changed. The U.S.-Mexico
border is still porous. It is still dangerous. And the
government is still doing

too little to defend it
. One thing that has changed,
perhaps, is the level of frustration felt by Americans
who live along the border and beyond. It has increased.”

And in
America`s frustration, comes the good news. According to
Protect Arizona Now`s McKee:

“I`ll
be shocked if George Bush

carries this state
. It was his to lose, and boy has
he lost it. And he really needs to take

McCain
,

Flake
, and

Kolbe
down the tubes with him. They respect
Arizonans` opinions as much as Arizonans respect them,
which is pretty much nada."

Everything has a price.

For George W. Bush, whose White
House has spent the last three years actually making the
entire illegal immigration fiasco worse, the price may be
the same one thousands of American workers have paid:
illegal immigration may cost him his job.

Joe Guzzardi [email
him], an instructor in English at the Lodi
Adult School, has been writing a weekly newspaper column
since 1988. This column is exclusive to VDARE.COM.