A Message from Mexico
The brutal murder in Mexico of 23-year-old
U.S. Border Patrol agent
Jorge Luis Salomon – killed apparently
because of his employment – is a tragedy. It is
also a chilling example in microcosm of how the
United States and many of its people refuse to
threat that Mexico poses – even in the face
of overwhelming evidence.
Agent Salomon was stationed in Naco, Arizona. Naco
has a special meaning for me. That is where I was on
On September 10 and 11, 2001 NumbersUSA.com Executive
Director Roy Beck, retired Border Patrol Agent Dave
Stoddard and I
toured the Arizona/Mexico border.
We drove along the porous border at Naco well into the
early morning hours of 9/11. Then, after only a few hours
sleep, I was awakened by a phone call. “Turn on the
television,” the caller said.
After a few shell-shocked hours passed, Beck and I
headed back to the border. We talked to Border Patrol and
U.S. Customs officers—Hernandez, Lopez, Rodriguez,
Garcia, and Gomez. All were Mexican Americans yearning to
do the job they had been hired to do—protect America. But
they are thwarted by written and unwritten edicts from
Washington that keep them in check.
These are dedicated men who want to make America safe.
But each one expressed disgust at the restrictions
imposed upon them.
Several weeks later, I received a copy of a letter
sent by a Border Patrol Agent, who I will call “Agent
Smith,” to then INS Commissioner, James Ziglar.
You will be moved by Agent Smith`s plea for sanity on
the border in light of Agent Salomon`s
murder. But keep in mind, also, the relentless push
by Mexico, with the able assistance of our federal and
state leaders, to tear down the United States.
I have left his text intact. The INS,
Ziglar and some of the others mentioned are gone. The
names are different but the failure of Washington DC is
as great today as it was eighteen months ago.
Imagine that the letter is addressed to George W.
AGENT SMITH ON THE BORDER:
“This isn`t a garden party
down here on the frontier. Contrary to our government`s
insistence, the U.S./Mexican border is a hostile
environment rife with corruption, violence, anger,
poverty, aggression and danger. Despite our government`s
kowtowing to Jorge Castaneda, LULAC, La Raza, Vicente Fox
and despite all the talk about `cooperation` and
`harmony` with Mexico, I`ve got news for everyone who
doesn`t live and work here on the border like I do
24/7/365. This isn`t a friendly place; Mexico is not our
`friend.` Mexicans don`t like gringos and they don`t like
the U.S.; they just use us as their safety valve for
their own totally screwed up country.
You help prop up the
corrupt Mexican government by allowing it to dictate
American policy. You should tell Fox that there is an
easy, safe, risk-free way to travel from Mexico to the
United States: it`s called a port-of-entry.
ON POLITICAL CORRECTNESS:
agenda-driven management revolves around political
correctness, appeasing lobbyists and Hispanic rights
groups, even straight-up appeasement of the Mexican
government who get more public support from INS
management than Patrol Agents. The agency is supposed to
be at the beck and call of U.S. citizens not advocates
for illegal aliens and foreign governments.
aliens, criminals, smugglers and terrorists get the
benefit of the doubt, misplaced sympathy from management
and are coddled by policies that are guaranteed to
undermine the country by increasing the flow of illegal
aliens and criminals into the country.”
and more illegal aliens and criminals challenge our
authority on the river, at night, in a group, in
dangerous situations that often require physical force to
maintain LIFE. Your response is to promise that every
illegal alien who makes any allegations whatsoever about
mistreatment will get investigators hounding PA`s for
months at a time.”
ON HIS JOB:
not trying to maintain non-existent harmony down here;
we`re trying to enforce the law. The Border Patrol always
works around the clock, all day and all night, all year,
on holidays, weekends, midnights, around the clock. We
are NEVER off-duty. We always sacrifice family time and
everything else considered `normal`: World Series games,
the Super Bowl, civic meetings, church attendance,
political participation, Little League games with our
children, school activities and all social interaction
with neighbors and friends. If America is as `pro-family`
as our leaders say it is, how come our permanent
sacrifice of vital family time isn`t recognized via
better pay and benefits, let alone recognized by
The Big (UNANSWERED) Question:
been catching middle-easterners and Muslims down here
with regularity since I got here. To protect America
you`ve got to tell Mexico that the party is over: no more
open borders for illegals from Mexico or anywhere else.
It`s either security for U.S. citizens or millions more
illegal aliens, criminals and terrorists crossing into
the U.S. You can`t have it both ways. The choice is
stark, yet simple. It`s time to either stand up for
AMERICA or surrender to forces that will eventually
destroy this country. I value America and its citizens.
What do you value? “
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.