Posts Tagged ‘immigration’

Skipping Stones

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

I’m sorry for the loss of the boy’s life in yesterday’s incident with the US Border Patrol.  I can’t speak to the facts of what just happened, but consider this ABC News video from a couple of years ago when you hear the claims that our Border Agents used disproportionate force.

This description of the current incident seems very familiar after watching that video.

Monday night’s incident started when Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol agents responded to a report of a group of suspected illegal immigrants being smuggled across the border, FBI Special Agent Andrea Simmons said.

After one suspect was detained. “Another agent arrived on his bicycle along the cement apron that forms the riverbank on the U.S. side,” Simmons said in a release. “That agent detained a second subject, Augustin Alcaraz Reyes, but other subjects ran into Mexico and began to throw rocks at the agent.

“This agent, who had the second subject detained on the ground, gave verbal commands to the remaining subjects to stop and retreat,” Simmons said. “However, the subjects surrounded the agent and continued to throw rocks at him. The agent then fired his service weapon several times, striking one subject who later died.”

Opposing Views

Perhaps it is time for the Mexican government to start taking care of their side of the border so no more kids lose their lives.

Big Wall

Tuesday, October 24th, 2006

Wow still trying to decide on a fence.

Bill to build border fence heads to the White House

I’ve found that tough problems can be solved by really identifying your goals. Do we want to appear friendly and welcome? Then I suggest a white picket fence. But I think most people feel we shouldn’t welcome illegals. I heard Sheriff Elfo talking with Amanda on KGMI yesterday. He seemed to think that prisons with walls were more cost effective to guard. So I’m thinking no to pickets and yes to big wall. Do we want to keep out Elephants carrying mariachi bands? The we need to bring the Ringling Brothers in for advice. But I’m not sure we want to keep elephants out and it sounds really expensive to try. Months ago I wrote of how we could finance a fence across our Southern Border, but I didn’t take elephants into account. Do we wish to train potential illegals to respect our border even without a fence? We could try the invisible fence system, but it seems dehumanizing, what with the shock collars and all. Unless we got Sony on board and called it the Neckman. Everyone could start wearing them. We could invisible fence the ice cream section at Haggens, and how about Starbucks? Let’s have hospitals install them on babies. I sometimes wish my kids had shock collars. Wait, wait, sounds like I’ve been watching too much StarTrek. I’ll just quietly let Congress do their job.

Link to follow up on disturbing story from a few days ago.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/2003319898_yourcourts24m.html