Fighting drugs and border violence at Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

The drastic increase of drug activity on Arizona’s southern border since the 1990s has turned Organ Pipe rangers into de factor Border Patrol agents

Drug runners would cut across Mexican Highway 2 through Organ Pipe’s dirt roads in a car and then quickly hop onto U.S. Highway 85, which shoots up to Phoenix or Tucson. The vehicles blazed more than 200 miles of unauthorized roads through the park, and rangers found themselves in dangerous, high-speed chases nearly every day. An $18 million, 23-mile vehicle fence put up after Eggle’s murder by the Department of the Interior cut down on this vehicle traffic. Now, cartels have had to get smarter, sometimes cutting into the fence, removing it, driving through, and then putting it back together again. Drug runners also started coming more on foot, dropping their packages in designated spots on the highway for someone else to pick up.

So first, it’s clear that the fence helped. All these people against fences keep trying to argue that putting up fences won’t make a difference. Which is pretty stupid.

Still, Murdoc would argue for a second fence a hundred yards inside the first one, with a ten foot ditch between them. He’d also shoot any living thing that was spotted between the two fences, but that’s just him.

For what it’s worth, National Park Rangers should not be tasked with this. I’d say that National Guard troops should be guarding the nation. With crew-served weaponry and liberal ROE.

Comments

  1. First, for all those who say the Mexican border to too big to fence or patrol, I suggest you look at what India is doing along its similar-sized border with Bangladesh.

    Second, the fence won’t be built because our elites have deemed it necessary to alter our population demographics from a European nation to a third world one. After 40 years of record breaking immigration, we still have another 30 years to go to reach that milestone. If anyone expresses anything other than glee at this outcome, he risks becoming a social outcast and possibly losing his job. Just ask Pat Buchanan.

  2. We might revisit the opening sequence from “Escape From New York”, when the woman’s narrating why NYC is a prison and how it’s set up, and draw some inspiration therefrom.

    Substitute “Mexico” for “Manhattan” and I think we’re pretty much home free.

  3. “With crew-served weaponry and liberal ROE.”

    you Liberal you! Next you will be wanting to pay for it with …um…worry about that later.

    1. Murdoc has got a very large government-run and -funded jobs program. It’s the military, and it would be bigger if Murdoc were king.

      Of course, I happen to believe that national defense, which I believe the border situation to be THE prime example of, is actually a responsibility of the national government. Lots of other stuff run by and funded by the national government…not so much.

  4. “With crew-served weaponry and liberal ROE.”

    you Liberal you! Next you will be wanting to pay for it with …um…worry about that later.
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    Just use the money we currently give to Israel and other countries. That should be plenty to fund this thing.

    1. Though I believe that Israel is (usually) a very valuable ally, I have also written many times that they get too much for free from us. I have no issue selling them F-16s and whatnot, even at a “valuable ally discount,” but I think we should cut back on the freebies.

  5. So………I take a couple days off posting and the rest of you use it to conspire against our migratory neighbors! LOL!

    Lived in Isreal for 21 months……..really like Israelis in general, though it’s perfectly obvious they’ve used substantial portions of our aid to subsidize their welfare state………….cut the aid by 2/3.

    Another thing I liked about Israeli’s is their tendency to do what it takes to get the job done. “Separation Fence”, actually it’s a 20+ foot tall reinforced concrete wall with electronic monitoring systems in places on the Palestinian side of the fence, and manned towers every so often. Works like gangbusters on unwanted foot traffic, as well as channeling authorised foot and vehicle traffic through control points. Just sayin’………….(it was expensive though)

  6. I don’t think the US needs that expensive of a fence. A decent barrier would at least slow the rate of traffic and help create choke points at the places we wish to be designated crossing areas.

    Additionally, I like the idea of putting Army infantry and even Marine infantry in border forts like we used to before WW2. These would not have to be big, expensive bases like Ft. Benning, but rather small camps like what the National Guard uses in most places for their summer training. Basically they would be places with bare bones barracks that would function as a temporary home for an infantry unit on temporary duty along the border.

    From these camps, battalion sized elements could then practice light infantry tactics and land navigation and break out into company and platoon sized elements to give their soldiers good field training. Given that our wars are coming to an end, this is a good way to provide realistic training for junior troops.

    Just like units rotate to Ft. Irwin for month long training exercises, Marine and Army infantry battalions could do the same along these border posts. They would not have to cover the entire border, coupled with good fencing you could use them at key areas where they could greatly assist the Border Patrol.

    I remember when I was in the Army and my unit would get deployed to different bases. It helped with our training because over time everyone gets to know their home base. So often when doing land nav, I could get on a high hill and look into the distance and see Anchorage Airport and immediately I could tell where I was on the map. When we went to other bases, we had no clues like this and had to rely on our map reading skills.

  7. If I’m not mistaken there is an Air Force Wet fire range near the border with Mexico. They take pains not to use it when people are on the range.

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