April 28, 2013   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

The Fence and the Mexican Drug War
The Washington Post spills the beans
Glenn Spencer -- American Border Patrol -- April 27   
As fencing went in -- deaths went up. See chart handed to McCain
    On January 15, 2009, I appeared at the National Press Club and argued that the Mexican Drug War was started after we began building fencing along the border.
    I presented evidence of a strong correlation between miles of fence constructed and drug-related deaths in Mexico. It was a fantastic presentation. There was only one problem: Nobody showed up. Not one reporter.
    I also argued that finishing the fence --- in fact lengthening it --- would cut off the remaining corridors that the cartels were fighting over. It has been more than four years since that presentation and I am more convinced than ever that I was right.
    I strongly believe that one of the reasons for the U.S. blackout of me and American Border Patrol is because what I said was true.
    Today the Post is running a fantastic investigative report about the Mexican drug war.
    It includes the following:
Clamping down on illegal border crossings, however, had an unintended consequence: It upset agreements among the cartels over smuggling routes, sparking yet more violent competition.
   I would have said that the clampdown "set off violent competition."
    It gets worse. I personally briefed John McCain on my theory. He listened inventively, and then went on to make up a story about what stopped smuggling across the Goldwater bombing range.
    Opposition among certain people to a border fence --- or any real borders security system --- is so intense that they will sacrifice our security --- and the lives of tens of thousands of Mexicans --- to defeat it --- and the media will back them up.
    These are the same people – and the same media --- who are behind the Gang of Eight immigration legislation.

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