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August 18, 2005

Mexico funding and manning staging areas for illegals

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

In our previous post on immigration issues, we wrote that "with Mexican Zetas currently taking up residence in cities across the southwest - camouflaged by growing illegal immigrant communities, more than 55 government employees, including military personnel, having been indicted or pled guilty in southern Arizona on charges of drug and/or people smuggling in the past year, some areas of our country becoming awash in drugs at levels that surpass even the cocaine heydays of the eighties, and in states as far away from our southwestern boundary as Virginia, Massachusetts, and North Carolina, Mara Salvatrucha 13 (MS-13), a drug gang tied to al Qaeda and made up almost solely of illegal immigrants from South America and Mexico, terrorizing residents by gang raping the handicapped and attacking innocent motorists with machetes - when is the Bush administration going to get the message that our borders need to be secured immediately and that any amnesty policy for illegals as a whole is likely to be exploited by Mexican cartels and smugglers alike?"

Now it looks like Governor Richards is begining to have had enough of the insanity:

20050818-010252-2657.jpeg.jpg [Image - Grupo Beta, an aid group funded by Mexico, uses blue flags to mark water stations south of the border. MAYA ALLERUZZO (THE WASHINGTON TIMES)]

The Mexican staging area for illegal aliens that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson demanded this week be bulldozed is among hundreds of similar sites along the border sponsored and maintained by the Mexican government.

Many of the sites are marked with blue flags and pennants to signal that water is available. Others, such as the Las Chepas site that Mr. Richardson denounced, are a collection of old, mostly abandoned buildings or ranch houses where illegals gather for water and other supplies -- sometimes bartering with smugglers, or "coyotes," for passage north.

Las Chepas, law-enforcement authorities said, also is a center for drug smugglers looking to move marijuana and cocaine into the United States.

Rafael Laveaga, spokesman for the Mexican Embassy in Washington, yesterday said his government "has a duty and obligation by law to protect Mexican citizens at home and abroad."

He said record high temperatures in the desert areas south of New Mexico and Arizona this year had resulted in the death of many illegal aliens.

"We try to spread the word on the dangerous conditions these people will face in the desert, along with reports of historically high temperatures," he said. "What we are doing is part of an effort to prevent those deaths." Many of the Mexican aid stations are maintained by Grupo Beta, a Mexican governmentfunded humanitarian organization founded in the early 1990s. Driving through the desert regions south of the border in brightly painted orange trucks, Grupo Beta's job is to protect migrants along the border, not arrest them. In April, Grupo Beta worked with the Mexican military and the Sonora State Preventive Police to move would-be illegal aliens out of the desert areas just south of the U.S. border to locations east and west of Naco, Ariz., to avoid the Minuteman Project volunteers holding a vigil on the border.
Grupo Beta is the Mexican police unit that began operations in Tijuana in 1990 to protect northbound migrants from criminals, and has developed a reputation for honesty and efficiency. Grupo Beta is actually an agency of the immigration service, which is part of Mexico's Interior Ministry. The Tijuana unit of Grupo Beta is composed of 45 men and women carefully selected from local, state and federal law enforcement agencies and then given psychological testing and extensive training. After being sworn in, Grupo Beta members are given a substantial salary increase and a life insurance policy, as well as 15 days off each six months.
A branch of Mexico's National Migration Institute, Grupo Beta also helped pass out fliers warning migrants that the Minuteman volunteers, whom they described as "armed vigilantes," were waiting across the border to hurt them. In addition to the aid stations, the Mexican government has distributed more than a million copies of a 32-page handbook advising migrants how to cross into the United States. The book, known as "Guia del Migrante Mexicano," or "Guide for the Mexican Migrant," contains tips on avoiding apprehension by U.S. authorities.
Continue reading more about the Mexican (and American) aid to illegals crossing into the United States.

So how serious is the problem of illegal alians in New Mexico? Serious enough that Gov. Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency Friday in four counties along the Mexican border that he said have been "devastated" by crimes such as the smuggling of drugs and illegal immigrants.

Related:
Small Mexican town is big staging area for illegal immigrants

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Posted by Richard at August 18, 2005 7:35 AM



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