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    New Mexico under attack: Yes, the border crisis is a real invasion | Daniel Horowitz

    New Mexico under attack: Yes, the border crisis is a real invasion

    Daniel Horowitz · February 1, 2019

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    If a picture is worth 1,000 words, this table from CBP of border apprehensions broken down by sector is worth 1,866:

    As you can see, although the surge of family units has exploded in almost every sector of the border for the first few months of fiscal year 2019, nowhere is this surge more evident than in the El Paso sector, which lies along the borders of both Texas and New Mexico. What has been a relatively dormant sector for many years is now the second largest alien-smuggling corridor behind the Rio Grande Valley, even surpassing San Diego, Tucson, and Yuma. This sector also experienced the sharpest increase in unaccompanied teens, five times greater than the increase in San Diego. That number is beyond staggering, and more than any other data point, it encapsulates the unprecedented degree of emergency at our border. There are many lessons from what we are seeing in this sector.
    Where exactly is the surge within the El Paso sector? Going from east to west, this Border Patrol sector includes Hudspeth and El Paso Counties in Texas and the three border counties in New Mexico – Dońa Ana, Luna, and Hidalgo. At first glance, the numbers are surprising, given that El Paso has a substantial border wall that has been effective for many years. That wall goes all the way out to parts of Hudspeth county. While I have been unable to obtain any definitive data on the number of apprehensions in the El Paso urban area, it is quite clear from the reality on the ground that most of the emergency levels of infiltrations are occurring in New Mexico. There is almost no substantial fencing anywhere in those three New Mexico counties as strong as the fences in Yuma and El Paso.
    Based on statements from CBP, local officials and ranchers, and local media, it seems clear that Hidalgo County, the westernmost county, is experiencing the worst of the invasion.

    • 26 groups of 100 or more people have been shoved by the cartels at the border agents at or near the Antelope Wells port of entry in Hidalgo County since the beginning of the fiscal year. Just last week, a group of 306 migrants was apprehended, many of whom were experiencing health problems, including one man who was diagnosed with a flesh-eating bacteria. Bizarrely, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported this week that rates of syphilis and gonorrhea have skyrocketed in New Mexico, but leaves the source of the problem as “the million dollar question.”
    • The Washington Examiner interviewed the local emergency medical director in Hidalgo, who has a tiny team of professionals who are now strained with dealing with diseases of illegal aliens rather than their own county’s needs. He said there is an “ongoing” issue with scabies at the local Border Patrol station in Lordsburg. The county manager, Tisha Green, is quoted as suggesting that “the biggest concern” is the “fact that they don’t vaccinate.” She heard that “a good 20 of the immigrants walked in with Border Patrol and all of the local residents that were there waiting for appointments were kind of pushed to the side and several of the people got up and left because they didn’t want to be around any type of illness they could be bringing in.”
    • The strain of an invasion of impoverished, disease-ridden migrants into a county of 5,000 people with no services is bad enough. But what else happens when these migrants come, or more accurately said, are strategically pushed forward by the smugglers? “Every time we hear that asylum seekers have turned themselves in, when it’s 100 people or more, they’re pulling the Border Patrol off the road,” said Amanda Adame, a local rancher, in an interview with the Los Cruces Sun-News. “So the drug cartels are coming in. The Border Patrol is not catching them. Those guys are the bad guys.”
    • KOAT Albuquerque reports that some of the illegal immigrants have broken into barns, trucks, and homes and have left drugs on the properties. KOB reported the following from ranchers:

    “We’ve had vehicles stolen,” said Randy Massey.
    “They’ve had bundles of weed, coke and carrying heavy artillery,” said Cammi Moore.
    “The worst part of it, we had an employee kidnapped. And that was probably the worst night of my entire life until we got him back,’ said [Tricia] Elrock.
    “It’s getting to the point where these confrontations are getting more aggressive and more and more violent,” said Kris Massey.
    Hidalgo County has just 5,000 people living in a huge geographical space with few funds for public services. It only has four sheriff’s deputies. That is enough to deal with the residents’ needs, because they don’t have much internal crime. But they face an external invasion, which they rely on the Border Patrol to deter. The growing problem is that the cartels tie down the border agents with bogus asylum claims and force them to act as a hospital service while the cartels bring the criminals and drugs into these neighborhoods and properties. As the Silver City Daily Press reported, “While the few agents available are attending to the issues of those arriving, smugglers are trafficking drugs into the country. The Border Patrol posted a video of a large group of people climbing over the low Normandy barrier fence on the border in that remote area and into the U.S.”
    Thus, they have nothing at the border but Normandy vehicle barriers and barbed wire that can easily be crossed. No major military presence (except for a contingent of the National Guard that the governor wants to pull), and just four certified deputies to deal with 3,446 square miles of land. With the cartels tying down the few agents with the wave of asylum seekers, it’s no wonder they turned Hidalgo County into their playground.
    Isn’t this why we have a military, to deter such an invasion, where brutal cartels have operational control of our border to the point where they can strategically choose which areas to inundate? Don’t we owe it to the people of Hidalgo County that not one inch of their land should be vulnerable to the brutal terrorist cartels and their evil criminal behavior? Do we really need it to get worse before we act?
    Earlier this week, Sheriff Mark Dannels of neighboring Cochise County, Arizona, appeared on my podcast, and he said, in contrast to New Mexico, that his county has never been better. He has the resources and the willpower from local officials to prosecute everyone, including juveniles, for drug trafficking. The cartels know to avoid his county. This is why the Sinaloa Cartel is driving all the migration either to the east of Cochise, into New Mexico, or to the west in Tucson and Yuma.
    What are the results? Here’s a rancher quoted in the Santa Fe New Mexican:
    “I’m scared for my life and I’m scared for my kids’ lives. Who knows what’s coming across? They don’t know what’s coming in because they’re not catching them. I feel that the biggest thing I should be scared of out here in the middle of nowhere are rattlesnakes, not two-legged rattlesnakes.”
    Indeed, Tuesday evening, Border Patrol apprehended four illegal aliens near the border in the southern part of the county carrying marijuana packages and dressed in camouflage and special footwear to mask their footprints.
    On December 26, the county manager and county commissioners in Hidalgo County sent a letter to the governor and senators saying they were in “dire need of resources and reinforcements” because the Border Patrol is “stretched thin” thanks to “the amount of immigrants coming in daily.” They recounted the safety concerns of their citizens, who see “up to 30 or more immigrants daily in their yards.” They also warn about the way the illegals are using the porta-potties, leaving a pile of used toilet paper out in the open. “The smell is horrific and the thought of any type of disease that many now be exposed.”
    Amazingly, Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a liberal Democrat, suggested that she hasn’t “seen anything that indicates that we have an emergency crisis here at the border.” A 1,866 percent increase in family units from impoverished and disease-stricken nations in 26 groups of 100 or more is evidently a walk in the park to Grisham. When KOB4 news sent the governor’s office the concerns of border ranchers in the county who thought it was “asinine” to suggest there is no crisis, the governor’s office responded:
    “There is not an emergency crisis at the border that warrants the asinine and anti-American anti-immigration tactics endorsed by the president and his minions; that’s the proper context for the governor’s remarks, and the full story of what she was expressing.”
    Have things gotten this political that one side is willing to ignore their own citizens’ plea for help from an external invasion, the very reason why we have a government?
    Either we have a country where every state and county matters, or we don’t.
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    ANTELOPE WELLS, N.M. —In Hidalgo County, the bootheel of New Mexico, ranchers feel they've been ignored.

    Many said they're afraid and want a wall, but the people in charge of county security don't think that's the answer.

    "My brother-in-law, my father and I, we all raise alfalfa and feed crops for cattle and horses," said Kris Massey, whose family has owned land near the border since 1945. "You can call it a crisis, you can say there's not a crisis, but there is an issue here that's happening, and we're seeing more and more of it."
    What Massey is talking about is the immigration situation at the southern border. On top of the large groups of migrants seeking asylum, he's now seeing a different type of person crossing into the United States.

    "We've always has illegals coming through this valley, but they used to stop in and say, 'Hey can I have some food?" Massey said. "But now it's like, 'You will give me a ride in your truck to Lordsburg,' or, 'You will give me your cellphone. I want it, give it to me.'"

    Massey said immigrants have broken into his barn, his trucks, and even his house. Other ranchers have similar stories.

    "We've had trackers stolen, and my grandparents ended up finding it," said rancher Cammi Moore. "We found some bedding in our hay barn, where they bed for the night, so they are coming in, they are hiding out in our barns."

    Moore said immigrants have left drugs and trash on her property.

    In Hidalgo County, the county shares about 86 miles of border with Mexico. Seventeen miles of that border is of Normandy fencing; the other 69 is only protected by barbed wire.

    "The ones that are showing up in their yard are not the asylum seekers. These are most likely the criminals," said Hidalgo County Manager Tisha Green.

    While ranchers and farmers in Hidalgo County believe a wall will help alleviate the problems, the county sees it differently.

    "We need some type of protection. We need to get a plan in place, immigration reform, we need more law enforcement, we need resources," Green said. "The county has never taken the position of 'Oh we need the wall.'"

    Because of the terrain in the area, Green believes putting up a wall would be hard, but she believes the barriers currently in place need to be stronger than just barbed wire fencing.

    "It's not which side is going to win, which side is right, which side is wrong. We need to do something before more lives are lost, before this gets out of hand, where we have no control, where this can't be controlled at all," Green said.

    “Project CommUNITY” stories will air on KOAT every Wednesday at 6 p.m. This year we will be going to the border to talk to those who live there and are being impacted. We will also hear from people around the state, who have strong opinions about immigration and border security.

    We know even in the most heated debates, we can find common ground and better understanding. We hope we can help find that through “Project CommUNITY.”

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