Desert Trash Illegal Immigrants’ Impact on the Environment by Rosa P Oakes

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Desert Trash:  Illegal Impact on the Environment

Driving the U.S. – Mexican border in the wee of the morning there is a cool coming in through the window.  We at an isolated convenience store on highway 86 to get coffee, gum, and seeds for the road.  The sun starts to up and rapidly the (JPEG 1) heat of the day bears down on us.

  The two-lane winds, dips and rises the Organ Pipe National Terrain densely populated towering saguaro cactus, block the rising sun in the distance and past resembling a strobe Taking in the scenery as we speed to our destination, abruptly the sight of a Patrol tower intrudes on the Several hundred yards as we crest the next ridge our hits the brakes.

 We take in the of a group of people lined up the side of the road surrounded by a of Border Patrol agents and vans and SUV’s parked in on the pavement and in the ditch.

Immigration, authorized or unauthorized, has occurred the world from the beginning of and will most likely for all ages; a fact of life contributing to the deterioration of various life forms.  Specifically, the Arizona desert lays to a great number of immigrants who the border illegally on foot or in vehicles with a “coyote ” at the as they head north.  recent years, one could into the desert to explore the varieties of flora and fauna to the area without ever another soul or any remnant the proximity of a nearby civilization.  On the it has remained an untouched (JPEG 2) land.

  However, gradual of illicit activity have in areas considered to be corridors of immigrant movement.  Causing concern for fragile ecosystems, the amount of debris left by veiled travelers evading is a huge detriment and comes at a cost to the region

One wouldn’t a desert to be anything other dry barren land that, in is useless wasteland.  Why would care what happens to Yet, I can say with great that the Sonoran Desert is a beautiful place that great character.

  A region in fact, encompasses 120,000 miles in southwestern Arizona, California, as well as most of California and the western half of the of Sonora, Mexico, it is a vast that consists of diverse

Nogales, Tucson, and Phoenix seem to be experiencing the brunt of immigration.  Encompassing around species of plants, including the protected saguaro cactus is primarily found in Southern the Saguaro National Park is the area affected by the substantial of unauthorized immigrants traveling on across this territory.

most deserts, the Southern desert receives heavy during the monsoon season; which causes normally beds to swell and surge the banks.  Although the rain is absorbed by the parched, cracked as if it were a dry sponge, it provides relief from the heat and magically enhances desert Immediately, one recognizes the power of in the rain, not to mention the awesome of rainbows produced by the same.

the ringing-in of the new millennium, a forty increase in unauthorized immigration, to the southwestern border, has severely the ecology, not to mention the economy in the Most notably, statistics that over the past years, illegal immigration has from roughly 180,000 entries per year in 1980 to 850,000 per year since .  The significant rise in illegal in recent years has caused controversy and contempt as the burden of and education assistance has taxed programs causing everyday to take notice.

Contemplating and what has caused the shift 2000, clearly there is desperation of many to make wander the perils of the desert One must observe that motivation to enter illegally is two-fold.  Acknowledging that no one being should be barred aspiring to excel in life, are typically seekers of personal In that sense they be congratulated.  On the other hand, the States has been touted as land of opportunity,” and notwithstanding legal barriers imposed for for those too poor to pay and wait turn it figures to be the best option.

  Certainly, deteriorating and living conditions in third countries are prime contributors to immigration as well.  Nevertheless, a number of those making the journey have ulterior such as drug and people

In retrospect, immigrants of the past had similar visions as their to start anew in this Driven by devastating conditions in homelands at the beginning of the twentieth impoverished immigrants who lacked education arrived in droves European countries to fill labor employment vacancies.  the pools of illegal immigrants arriving across the Mexican are largely employed in hard type work due to their of education and proper work

  On the whole, immigrants in the past love and respect for their new Concern for the environment and use of the land, to the that they recognized and the benefits of the land, were into daily life.  today’s immigrants crossing on demonstrate some disregard for the that bring them

Back in the days when it was to employ illegal immigrants for low back-breaking jobs, they by the multitudes.  The era met illegal immigrants jobs, company housing, accommodations barely adequate for large families; nevertheless, any contempt.  At once, they how to meld into their new and, though they inclined to seek out their own they learned to tolerate races and ideals.

  Having similarly corrupt governments, and land troubles, illegal recognized the value of hard In that aspect, life has not changed.

In order to minimally the behaviors of those who enter through the United States – border, it is important to get a glimpse of attitudes.  Since the majority of are from Latin America, and have little to no education, share many common The way of life in Latin American differs considerably from in the U.S.

  General populations endure bureaucratic powers on every level of daily The lack of existing public protection for the disadvantaged, or even the of customer services forces to fend for themselves.  People otherwise, have decent and values and work very to earn a living whilst to support a family learn of that may ease their A large number of young men are to accept any job and frequently travel town to town offering to in the direst conditions for paltry “Prices kept rising, and all mestizos and Indian, Mexican and Protestant, Catholic, or heathen, able to afford less and Food was harder to come by: about telephones, clothes, furniture.

  Even chicken feed, maíz . was expensive .  Pampers, baby formula, shoes, tools, and medicine (Urrea, p. 44).”  Illegal immigrants see one way out.

Impervious to the obstacles in way, illegal immigrants forward in their journey to the destination they heard so about in the homeland.  For most, it is a to continue surviving that them to battle the elements of the desert, for returning home is not an Desperation is the impetus that many to engage in unspeakable legal or illegal, in order to obtaining a very distant and dream.

  Sometimes alone, and with families, most immigrants expose themselves not to the unsympathetic terrain and weather, but to the unscrupulous, ugly underworld.  The offers no allowances for impecuniosity, gender, age, or family Consequently, otherwise respectable turn to drugs which are available among traveling groups.

Indisputably, immigration proper authorization is wrong of mitigating circumstances.  Even reprehensible is the flagrant disposal of found indiscriminately strewn in parts of the Arizona desert.

At a the desert scenery in Southern is entrancing with its abundance of cactus, Joshua trees, cactus varieties, colorful and rock formations.  Upon inspection, the desert reveals the inflicted on it by careless passers-by.  Of some litter can be attributed to hikers or random visitors.  other types of environmental can be blamed on livestock or wild however, the most striking of damage is the scattering of leftovers in areas under mesquite creosote bushes, or dry-river commonly referred to “lay-up

The “nesting” that occurs in the under the cover of native life is similar to family of nesting apes in the jungle.  the immigrants move on to the next as if guided by some sort of GPS they know exactly to find respite.  It is not uncommon for States Border Patrols to large groups of unauthorized gathered to rest, exchange and stay out of sight.

  On the move nomads, they leave what is no longer useful to or what has become too cumbersome to What will it take to the negative effects of their on the environment?  Akin to other made by our government, perhaps, it may be to install waste receptacles and notices regarding the consequences of in the desert.

A long list of including abandoned vehicles, can be to illegal immigrant groups the desert.  Items such as needles, drug paraphernalia, grocery bags, paper empty water containers, clothing, used disposable among other things. heaps of litter long by those forging ahead at a great cost to those who bear the responsibility of cleaning it Sadly, the affects on the environment so easily, be repaired.

  Indeed, it is as unnerving to acknowledge that harm to our amazing desert comes by such despair to Hence, in killing the desert illegal immigrants are finding

Much of the land that the official border is owned Extensive parcels belong to who own immense herds of livestock.  to allowing their herds to freely, ranchers are abruptly the need to build and reinforce around their properties.

  One think that fences are in such unforgiving remoteness in an to deter wild animals invading and disturbing livestock, surprisingly, one learns that the are in place to deter humans entering and polluting the vast thus, harming livestock as as wild animal life dwell in the region.

Meanwhile, the of Arizona are working hard to the traffic of illegal immigrants.  As a of concerned citizens who have to be the eyes and ears of the government, have taken steps to in securing the border, albeit some questionable tactics.  the government has demonstrated its shortcomings, the have bridged the gap by providing own funding to build and reinforce the fences.  Controversially, citizens voiced concerns about the with which the Minutemen A sensitive subject to be sure, immigrants question the Minutemen’s to apply the law bearing arms.

  The atmosphere in the region where of debris are often discovered the continued trespassing of illegal is distressing to all on both sides of the

The United States Government is to find a suitable solution to the problem while attempting to on good terms with governments.  Already the Mexican has opposed the construction of a border that could potentially a delicate ecosystem in an area straddles both countries.

that illegal immigration is a on many levels and that its are substantially bigger in some it is imperative that the Arizona landscape not be overlooked.  To see it may make one an enormous garbage can spilled from another country.

there was a day when one could on the peacefulness and beauty of the desert, day appears to have come and Alas, elementary school trips to explore and learn desert habitats in the real have been replaced by to museums.  The exhilaration of a child the true inhabitants of the desert as roadrunners, scorpions, lizards and the is almost as extinct as the freedom to the border without demonstrating last piece of identification perhaps, leaving behind form of collateral.

Illegal into the U.S. through the border has, indeed, significantly in the past twenty causing increasing controversy and The “land of opportunity” appears to anyone desperate enough to their chances.  Nuvia and her family didn’t seem to a choice and, although made it from so far away she still bears the emotional of the trek.  In essence, obligation them; “what was it her kind said – I love my country and I am heartbroken at having to leave.” 1974, p.71)  They do what they have to.

  is justice and who makes the rules?  of ethical rationalizations and philosophical a crime is anything that a in power chooses to prohibit Adler).”  If they must their country through no of their own, but the miserable of being born where and how were, it is only to reach for that may or may not be there.  They are by hearsay and when there is left, they embark on a toward a vision; never-mind the boy leading the way is a con man.  Why, the promises to take them to

Although it is riskier to lead groups, the coyotes make money and all too often make on their promise to deliver charges across the border the Arizona desert.  The illegals how much further to utopia to find out they’ve already into it.  The true has only just begun as weave and backtrack without “The dirt. gathered or behind, rolling up its surface a great charge of dust at them;. and then they whipped into turmoil, it round them a furry of fiery soft dust stinging chips of stone.” 1974, p.86)

An immense the topography of the Arizona desert is as as it is flat and the day is as hot as the night is cold.  clearly tell their when they are found naked next to a pile of folded clothes.  Unable to the weight or feel of the clothing on backs, one expects to find the of haphazardly abandoned personal somewhere along the path of footprints.  Nearly impossible for to make it across the vast alive, illegal immigrants their way, confused and focused on surviving, they to shed – first anything have to hold onto, anything they have to their body.

  Over walking, resting, and walking in the unbearable heat; no matter time of day or night, things get and heavier.  Discarded items to accumulate in marked “lay-up”

According to the Western Apache, land is always stalking The land makes people right.  The land looks us.

  The land looks after Among the Apache, short of people who suffered hardships as illness and death in the wake of behavior to the ecosystem are shared and down (Abrams, 1996,

Despite stereotypes (e.g. people, p oorly educated, self-image, disrespectful, lazy, or dirty) of people who randomly garbage, research shows there are other more factors, some of which may true with illegal Taking into account the state of someone who has been in the desert for days without or water, it is conceivable that the effects of littering are not a concern.  to the Environmental Protection Agency, more common factors litter has already accumulated – the litter present the more are inclined to litter; lack of pressure to do the right thing; of penalties or consistent enforcement; of receptacles; sense of pride or in the areas they are littering; or, the is not considered litter such as butts.  Increasingly, the world us looks as if we hated it (Alan .

On the other hand, those who after others are likely to a positive attitude about they have knowledge and about the environment; and, a of community and concern for others.  some people would to make a statement by dumping this doesn’t appear to be the with illegal immigrants.  effects of littering in the desert are and include the indirect effect of quality; death to livestock, animals, and plant life; waterways and flooding; and, hazards among other

  The cost of clean-up to private owners and local governments is A common theme that arises during illegal interviews is that they made the journey because desperately wanted to fulfill family’s dreams of owning own home.   However, What’s the use of a house if you haven’t got a tolerable to put it on (Henry David Thoreau)?

As in relevant to human beings, has the answers, everyone takes own side; hear it and everyone sense in their own twisted All the right answers abound, and yet an attainable resolution exists.  The biggest and brightest minds are at volleying ideas back and with no serious action place.  Clearly, illegal at the U.S. – Mexico border is the but what do those two words Try to dissect it and one begins to see the enormity of it.

  a bowl of Grape Nuts it keeps growing until one can no grasp the sheer size.  It becomes evident that the is in fact many problems.  politicians address the problem, part of it do they address?  Is the of the physical border the prevailing the class and number of human entering, or the impact on the environment pressing?

  Will resolving resolve the others?

Appearing as if the cause has been neglected for far too it has taken some serious of homeland security to trigger however slight.  Nevertheless, the noise made by the Minutemen in 2004, there were about reinforcing the border and augmenting Border Patrol Though, it would seem a forward in the right direction, due to constraints, it has not come to fruition.  recently, pictures and stories of largely overlooked, Arizona environment have emerged.  of the desert are exhibiting incredibly destruction.

  While the ecosystem benefit, by default, from changes made to the physical it is imperative that the environmental of illegal immigration be addressed According to the Devil’s Highway, Tohono O’Odham reservation to see an astounding number of humans through their deserts.  The Pipe Cactus Nat’l began to wither under two thousand walkers passing every year (Urrea, If the federal government is not taking as it relates to federal lands as the Tohono O’Odham reservation, can be expected for other largely regions?

The Minutemen Project a good point in calling to action; “Ninety percent [of the is driving this issue up the of Congress.  It must come the U.S. Senate, the House of city mayors, city state governors, grass tax-payers, up to Congress through our representatives and that’s where it be solved (J.

Gilchrist, personal November 7, 2007).”  Notwithstanding the that, typically, surfaces rogue ideas such as stemming from the Minutemen demand for citizen’s to guard the their organization exhibits fundamentals and pragmatism.

In the meantime, a feasible, sound, and prompt relevant to the destruction of the environment be to hold illegal immigrants by requiring those who are captured and are for deportation to serve a minimum of “litter duty” in the desert.  In of the fact that locals are with the cost of desert the cost would be significantly by enlisting illegal immigrants to as laborers.  Furthermore, fees paid for labor, would be put the cost of supplies and transportation, alleviating the heavy burden to local governments, private and above all the desert environment.  the impact of such a punishment for the law would send a message to planning on entering the country that deportation now comes at a as did the entering with a coyote, causing illegal immigrants to contemplate future attempts to without authorization.

  Moreover, this plan appease legal citizens as as local governments who, in bear the frustration of dealing the same illegal immigrants the country time and time often within hours of deported.

Some might that imposing a sentence on aliens that requires to serve on “desert trash would allow the deportee’s the to attempt an escape into the consequently complicating matters.  many scenarios are possible in illegal aliens “free to a limited extent, the program to be successful if it is thoroughly planned, and maintained.  In addition, certain could be opposed to spending money on a program that, supports illegal aliens they are in the country serving a Although providing shelter, and uniforms to those serving be a necessary part of the program, the elements of the work to be done and the to the desert ecosystem would than outweigh the cost.

  On the hand, the challenging clean-up in the desert is already coming at a cost to the government as they public employees to do the work of huge amounts of waste and vehicles.

Obviously, a rather combination of issues as those do not present a clear resolution at glance.  Nevertheless, approaching matter separately can result in parts which can be resolved and, perhaps, affect one Clearly, each issue is as as the next which will a great deal of funding, direction, and commitment put forth by officials, community organizations, and alike.

  Our deserts, like our also deserve our attention – rather than later.

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Recinos interview

Transcript November 2, 2007

“To hear a told and retold in one’s and to recount that tale in when one has earned the right to do so inflected by the patterns of one’s own and the rhythms of one’s own voice), is to preserve the coherence of one’s (Abram, 1996, p.181).”

Recinos, a petite woman bright green eyes and of freckles, traveled with from their home in El eluding the horrors of the civil war in country.  She described the details of she could remember about fateful journey, though it that she has mentally blocked of what happened.  During the Nuvia became rather specifically when I asked her she had been feeling during the walk.

  Visibly disturbed by the emerging, she continued to talk and that she kept thinking her mother and wondered why things had so fast.

Interview:  November 1,

Name/Age:  Nuvia Recinos/37 old

Location:  Restaurant for lunch

in Spanish English


Where are you from   San Salvador, El Salvador

When did family leave El Salvador?   It was the winter of 1980.

How old were   I was 10 years old.

Describe the that caused your to leave your home.   I remember the war.  Everywhere we in the city, there were with guns.  We would see bodies and dismembered body piled high on the grounds of the it was just part of life.  My began to plan an escape to the States because my brother had turned thirteen years of age and feared that the soldiers kidnap him to serve in the military.

  boys were being by force from their at any time of the day or night.

What was the of escape?   My parents had sold all of our belonging and paid a coyote to us to the United States.

Besides you and parents, who else would be the journey? It was a family group, my (13 years), two younger sisters 7 and 4), five young cousins, and two

How did you prepare for the journey?   We didn’t time to prepare.  Two weeks the trip my parents were on a which was hit by a large truck of soldiers that purposely to hit them.

  My mother was killed

Were you able to give her a burial?   Yes.  We buried her and on a bus headed toward Guatemala. 

did your father tell you where you were going?   He said that we were to a place called “Los and that we would have a better life there.  Of we believed him.

What when you reached the border to   I don’t remember much but I remember that we kept from bus to bus – the coyote leading the

  When you reached the U.S. what happened? We stepped off of the bus and handed potato sacks to on and to fend off the winter chill.  we started walking.

  How long did you   We walked for three days and

  Did you have food and water you?   We carried some and some water, though I being very hungry, and my hurt badly.

  How did the little walk that far?   My carried my little sister of the way.  There were three groups with coyotes and we would separate for periods of time.

  How did you get out of the desert?   On the day, the coyote observed a headed our way and he suddenly left The Border Patrol surrounded us in vehicles.

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  Were you scared? No, my gathered us around him and I’ll forget what he said, God they caught us in the United Because any other country send us back without

  What happened next? The Patrol arrested my father and put him in My brother was sent to a boys and my sisters and I were sent to a home together.

  That is we became scared.

How long you in the Foster home?   We changed homes twice in the span of three months. 

Were you with your family three months?   My father was from jail and immediately for political asylum.  The asylum was and we moved into a cramped with the others.

  We were in school and the older relatives work.

Nuvia gave indication that she had been assaulted by a relative on the journey and, again, became emotional.  We wrapped-up the interview at point.  She stated that she be willing to follow-up with me as she other details.

Interview Jim Gilchrist, Author and Founder of the Project

Transcript taken 7, 2007

Does the Minuteman consider environmental decay to be a consequence of illegal immigration? (stopped to clarify the distinction the Minutemen Project and the Minutemen Defense Corps (MCDC) mentioned a segment on this on the Anderson Cooper 360 show).  My is that, what we have is a global dumping ground.  On 1,960 mile border, the is alternating desert highlands, and mountain ranges.

  It’s a neat looking place you get right down on the border and the areas where the illegal come through.  The way I remember it is scattered piles of non-biodegradable littering both sides of the You find plastic jugs, bottles, clothing, backpacks, rusted cans, and skeletal of vehicles that were It’s just really and it’s everywhere – hundreds of of pounds of trash, rubbish, of it non-biodegradable.

  My opinion is that it is a public dump for millions of of rubbish discarded by this exodus of migrants coming

Have you personally observed the brought to the environment – not only by the but by the trampling of plant life?   It’s a patchwork of old trails are etched out over a decade by traffic coming over border through the raw lands.  a network of ground-pounded vegetation.  As far as happening to animal life, I know – there are still rabbits, squirrels, and birds.

  In my most of the damage is occurring to the I could be wrong, maybe kind “Arizona horned is dying off because of it, I don’t

Are you aware of any other types of destruction caused by illegal crossing the desert on foot?  and such)   From time to there have been but they have been on sides of the border – I cannot say they are started by illegal In California, we had eighteen fires three weeks ago; two of are known to have been by illegal aliens.  Maybe were more than but only two were confirmed.  I say there’s that chance you’re burning to generate at night, the nights do get cold.  are not lighting fires to my knowledge; generally are prepared to withstand the inside their vehicles.

  As I when we had our missions on the border, we had a ban fires.  We did have a couple of at one time start a fire and were immediately dismissed as They were cocky and admit that they wrong. 

Does the Minuteman speak to environmental concerns in many calls to action? but not so much as we speak to the enforcement of laws.  We feel that we can two problems by inoculating one.

  If we were to cure the literal of immigration law enforcement, we would the environmental problem.

Has the impact on the been noticed by the government?  It not.  It seems to be ignored.  groups, for years, have complaining to government trying to awareness to them – that we a border that’s literally trashed.

  We would legislate out of existence if it occurred in our federal Why are we ignoring the Tohono O’Odham That is federal territory.

It to fall on deaf ears like the immigration problem.  related to illegal immigration to be blanketed with the same “we don’t want to go there,” or ask, don’t tell.”  An condescending and arrogant response by officials.  The truth is I’m really and tired of it!  I’m tired of pretending that there is no

  Why are the Sierra Club and similar who are facing these problems, not national awareness to the border – the extinction of vegetation, animal and waterways?  We challenge them and they won’t take it on they’re too “wimpish,” or cowards, no than politicians who don’t to talk about the illegal invasion.  The Sierra Club don’t seem to want to about the environmental carnage by illegal aliens because gutless little wimps.

You that the Minutemen Project is different from the Minutemen Defense Corps….   Somewhat We do engage in, and conduct border

  In addition, we feel that operations are only ten percent of the In the beginning, I knew it would one hundred percent of the media and literally launch the public that I wanted and that’s why I did We had twelve hundred volunteers there; rugged American came down there for days.  It was phenomenal!

  It was the largest assembly since the revolutionary war – I it would be a trendsetter with the But that’s passé, now the more spirits, men, women and want to come to the border – attracted their interest.  Go to the get on an observation post, you don’t anyone, you get on the cell phone or ham and talk to the Border Patrol to them what you see.

  this is only ten percent of the Ninety percent is driving issue up the halls of Congress.  It come from the U.S. the House of Representatives, city city councils, state grass roots tax-payers, up to through our congressional representatives and where it will be solved.  we can do nothing when you have a congress, predominately a U.S.

of which ninety-eight of the one hundred have given hardly any to this issue.  Only two Sen. Jeff Sessions Alabama) and Sen.

Byron (Democrat, North Dakota) are the two senators, that I’m aware of, who tried to stop this alien invasion.  Unless we the senate, we are not going to have a The panacea is literally convincing that we must enforce laws.

  What’s the point of laws if they’re not enforced?

you personally gone before   No, I’ve spoken to the congressional caucus, about twelve about two years ago.  spoken to Steve King and Tom and have been on talk pleading with our governors to with this issue than turning a blind eye or ear to it.

Has Tom Tancredo broached the subject his colleagues?   Oh yes.  Tom Tancredo CO) is the literal political pioneer on issue.  Actually, Tancredo is the I launched the Minutemen Project.  I had confidence that I could do like this until I Tancredo on a talk show very confidently about laws.

  I realized that is support out there; there are governors out there who want problem addressed – I’m gonna it!  The plan was to bring an awareness to this issue, and for all, to literally force the It worked beyond my wildest

  The recruiting process took six months before we launched in the Arizona desert.  I started on 1, 2004 by e-mail; I didn’t have a web site.  I e-mailed for weeks until my brother a web site for me.

  I sent a three recruiting e-mail to twenty-four and asked them to forward it, seven days the e-mail had hit 400,000 in-boxes.  Five later I was called to make a appearance on Hannity and Colmes.  then, Talk Radio has the fire on this subject coast to coast.

  As a former journalist myself, I must that the worst performers are the media.  I was disappointed by them, but expected their response. 

You are out of Is your mission now primarily in No, it’s national.  We have in every state.

  We encourage to start their own chapter and can use our name and logo.   We don’t what they call as long as they get involved and get in the of their mayors, city members, and businesses that to this twenty-first century

Have you traveled the length of the to gauge its strengths and weaknesses?   been from California to half of Arizona and about a of Texas, from Laredo to El I have not been to New Mexico, for reason the problem doesn’t to be as threatening there.

  Arizona and are the states that have the traffic of illegal aliens.  For the of the border in Arizona, they get fifty percent of illegal traffic.  I believe the Rio Grande is a along the Texas border, California is not as accessible to Mexico’s

Do you know if the areas suffering the garbage dumping are primarily in   They are all over, though, seen most of it in Arizona.  seen similar areas in and Texas.

  Arizona seems to the worst traffic through

Do you share MCDCs idea of a fence?   I share the idea of a funded, U.S. Treasury border wall.  I do not share the of MCDC soliciting public to pay for seventy miles of fence will be on private property benefiting private property

  The fundraisers keep a large of the donated money while a percentage actually goes building supplies.  I would see one hundred percent of government used to build the entire excluding any middle man who will rich in the fundraising process.  tend to be naïve and unaware the majority of their donation go to the fundraiser and not the fence.  That’s my big economically it’s ridiculous.

  They’re basically engaging in a naïve donor base.

the government funded border and manpower to guard it, how else can you 2,000 miles around the Some areas of the Rio Grande are too to cross, of course with boats anyone can cross, but would be less foot I would suggest a lot of roving in unprotected or unwalled areas.  I think they will the entire 2,000 miles, half of it.  Along Arizona, and New Mexico you’re to need a wall.

  The Rio Grande makes a natural barrier, of the time.  However, due to having a installed in the other three you’ll start seeing cross the river into at any cost on inner-tubes, rafts, and power boats.  Therefore, I say the entire 2,000 miles and the amount of Border Patrol 12,000 to 36,000 boots on the and do not reduce that amount of Add 2,000 more professional and prosecuting attorneys to the Department of and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to illegal alien slave-traders and of illegal aliens, and really hit hard such as the DEA and IRS do to drug and tax evaders.  Start to confiscate and impose tax liens similar to how DEA they do not hesitate to take it

  The process of seizing property to truly impact people and at the time the funds collected seized properties is used to the program.

What about aliens who apply for asylum to in the country, should there be guidelines?   Anyone can come Many think that can just go in and say “I need political and that the judge will it.  It just doesn’t that way.  I’d like to that our judges are not that

  Some people use it as a crutch to buy some time and prevent from being deported.  receive their hearing and then simply vanish society.  I think it should be difficult for someone to receive unless it is a legitimate political I don’t think someone as an economic refugee should be a political refugee.

  I don’t see a why someone from Mexico, or Central America could be for political asylum.  If someone is because they are a felon or in any way by their country, they not be allowed to stay.

Many aliens arrive legally by and stay beyond their date.   How would we those people to have deported?   I’m not for rounding people up and them back on airplanes or to their homelands.  I am for making it so to subsist here that it their goal of coming and staying.

  That they it would be better to return to homeland and fight for representation (similar to what people do in the even if it means they to start a revolution.  As we have over history, that nations need a revolution, a bloodless one, before can be change.  I am for searching out wanted and felons, albeit, anyone who illegally or overstays their is a criminal, but those who have crimes beyond being here, should be sought out at any Conduct random audits on to weed out their illegal There should be a system flags illegal aliens they apply for any type of or program such as hospitals, care, schools, driver’s or I.D.

  Some of this is but they should stand in in their homeland with an for permission to enter the U.S. just like the thousands of who have entered legally them.  Anything less, be to invite, at will, the entire 6.6 world populace into the States and we know where would lead.

How do we deal the coyotes (human smugglers)?   If are caught in the United States should get five years in with no parole.  They receive a heavy fine and everything they’ve got.  them almost as severely as smugglers.

  When the word out about the severity of the penalty for people into the U.S. it act as a deterrent, and I think we’ll see a in the problem.  In addition, the harsh will involve more for any one smuggler, thus, causing the most brazen of them to in that line of work.  crime will always we can at least try to nip it in the bud.

How many does the Minutemen Project have?   The Minuteman Project not have an official membership.  It is of a trend that is now worldwide.  I inquiries for information from the world.

  We have independent and encourage people to start or join them to help attention and force.

Do the Minutemen arms?   Depending on the state, do.  Mostly, retired law people who usually carry a weapons permit.

Do Minutemen people?   No, they observe and They are in constant radio or contact with the Border and when they spot or someone, they call it Border Patrol agents respond quickly either by or vehicle.

  Minutemen are instructed to as far away from illegal as possible without losing of them.  They are not to have physical or verbal contact them.  It’s similar to a neighborhood watch.

  However, if is a life-threatening situation that action before Border agents arrive, action be taken to give medical

Since you started the Minutemen has your position on illegal ever wavered?   No.  enforcement of immigration law and the enactment of new or, at least, a precise interpretation by the Congress of the Fourteenth Amendment to exclude from citizenship who is born of illegal aliens in territory.  They will not state that and I think should be an amendment to the Fourteenth by a congressional act.

  Another is to have the Supreme Court a case on this issue and find that just you are born here, you are not a citizen if parents are illegal aliens.

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