Wednesday, May 2, 2018

America's Southern Border Problem


Dear Friends,

On April 27th, 2002, Ronald da Silva was standing in his driveway in the Southern California town of El Monte when he was shot and killed. His killer was Luis Gonzales who was an illegal alien from Mexico. Gonzales had been previously deported.who had been previously deported but found his way back.

And before we go on, let's get something straight, there is no such thing as an "illegal immigrant." The law is very clear on that as it states that those here in our country unlawfully without the status of a citizen are in fact "illegal aliens."

The illegal alien that killed Ronald da Silva was sentenced to 21 years in prison but will be released in 2020. The victim's mother Agnes Gibboney has stated publicly, "The guy that killed my son has a determinate sentence in prison, but I have a lifetime sentence of grief and pain."

on March 30, 2007 Tessa Tranchant, 16, was killed in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Tessa and her friend, Ali Kunhardt, were sitting at a stoplight when Alfredo Ramos, an illegal alien from Mexico who was intoxicated and speeding, rear-ended their car. Ramos had a history of prior convictions, but due to Virginia Beach’s sanctuary policies, he was never detained. He was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and sentenced to 40 years in prison.

On January 31, 2016, Sarah Root, 21, from Omaha, Nebraska was killed. Her SUV was rear-ended by Eswin Mejia, an illegal alien from Honduras, who was street racing. Sarah had just graduated from Bellevue University with a 4.0 GPA the day before she passed away.

Omaha is in Douglas County, Nebraska which has sanctuary policies that impede local law enforcement’s ability to cooperate with ICE officers. Mejia was charged with motor vehicular homicide but posted bond to get out of jail and was released. He is still on the run.

On January 22, 2015, Apolinar Altamirano, an illegal alien from Mexico, murdered Grant Ronnebeck in Mesa, Arizona. Ronnebeck was shot over a pack of cigarettes while he was working his shift at a convenience store. Altamirano was out on bond from a previous conviction while ICE determined whether he should be deported when he killed Ronnebeck.

"My son's death was completely preventable. Obama's immigration policies cost my son his life," said Steve Ronnebeck, Grant's father

As most know, a young woman by the name of Kate Steinle was murdered by an illegal alien. On July 1st, 2015, Kate Steinle, who was 32 years-old at the time, was walking with her father and a friend along Pier 14 in San Francisco, when she was shot and killed by illegal alien Jose Inez Garcia Zarate. He first said that he was shooting at a sea lion.

Later, after talking to a lawyer, he said that he fired the handgun accidentally. Then in court, it was said that the gun magically went off by itself as if it had a mind of it's own. And believe it or not, the people of San Francisco believed that line of bull and didn't even take into consideration that he was already a criminal as he was in the United States illegally. 

On November 30th, 2017, after five days of deliberations, a San Francisco jury acquitted Zarate of all murder charges. They didn't even convict him of manslaughter charges which is usually the case in an "accidental" homicide. Instead, the jury convicted him of being a felon in possession of a firearm. Yes, that's it.

The trial of the illegal alien who killed Kate Steinle was a farce. Instead of trying the individual on the facts of the case, the City of San Francisco was interested in supporting its policies as a so-called "Sanctuary City" and subsequently waving murder charges against the Illegal. All in all, the trial became a side show pitting the ultra-Left City of San Francisco against the federal government's right to deport Illegal Aliens, criminal or otherwise.

President Obama refused to secure the border. Many believed that something huge had to take place before Obama got off his backside, turned off ESPN which he said he watched until Noon each day, and actually did something about the border.

How huge? No one will ever since that inept individual is now thankfully out of office. The murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Wilson wasn't enough. The murder of hundreds, by some account thousands of Americans, each year wasn't enough to get him off his ass and do something to help America.

How huge did it have to be to get Democrats to help Americans stay secure in our own nation? Imagine this for a moment, in 2009 there were 3,484 total inmates incarcerated in Arizona state prisons for homicide and related offenses of first degree murder, second degree murder, murder, manslaughter, and negligent homicide. That's just Arizona in the year that Obama took office. we know it's gone up while Obama was in office. 

We know that between 25 and 30 American citizens are killed everyday by Illegal Aliens. But besides the criminal element that comes across the border to attack our citizens, a few years ago it was estimated that there have been more than 500 armed Mexican military and law enforcement personnel crossings into the U.S. border without permission of the federal government over the past 10 years. In Obama's last 4 years in office, we know of 300 of such acts.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske reported that roughly 525 armed Mexican soldiers and police jumped the border since 2004, in 152 separate incidents. "Foreign military incursions are infrequent but can involve officer safety and other concerns," he wrote.

According to CBP, some of the Mexican personnel who improperly crossed the border were detained, though it's unclear for how long. The agency reported that 131 subjects were detained. And while CBP suggests the Mexican military and law enforcement who cross over typically are pursuing suspects or otherwise trying to enforce their own laws, no one knows if that's just an excuse to poke the bear up north.

When encounters with unarmed Mexican personnel are included, the number of total crossings is considerably larger. According to the agency, a total of 300 border incursions were documented since 2004.

"There is a clear lack of consistency among DHS in handling these incidents, especially in cases of unauthorized incursions with armed authorities," Hunter said.

The details from the CBP follow congressional concerns voiced earlier in the year by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. In a January of 2014 letter, Coburn revealed an incident where individuals in Mexican military uniforms apparently drew their guns on a U.S. border agent after crossing the border into Arizona. This was all reported in June of 2014. The CBP acknowledge the incident saying that two soldiers from the Mexican military walked across the U.S. border near Sasabe, Arizona. There they ran into U.S. Border Patrol agents about 50 yards north of the border.

It's true, two armed Mexican soldiers crossed into the Arizona and drew their guns during a concerning stand off with Border Patrol agents back in January of 2014, the Mexican government and U.S. officials have confirmed. The confrontation ended only after the Mexican soldiers retreated back to Mexico when Border Patrol drew their weapons and called for backup. They misidentifying themselves to Border Patrol, then a 35 minute armed confrontation took place. Thankfully no shots were fired. According to the report at the time, U.S. Border officials characterized the standoff as one of the most serious border incursions in years.

There is a point to be made here, these incursions involving Mexican military and police personnel involves confrontations with American law enforcement. But how about when the incursions are no met with armed American law enforcement officers? How about when it's just an American citizen who can't call for back-up?

As citizens of the United States, we are all taught that this is supposed to be sovereign soil. But for years it's a no man's land along the border where ranchers and farmers are having to protect themselves and their families and not expect help from law enforcement.

One report had a farmer saying that he was advised by a Federal law enforcement agent to buy a bulletproof vest to use while working in his fields. He was told by Federal authorities that they cannot protect him or his family. He was told that whenever he goes out to survey his agricultural operations, he should always tell someone where he's going so that they can retrieve his body later in case he doesn't return.

The part that's so aggravating about this is that all Americans know real well that one of the basic duties of the Federal government is to protect the people of this nation. Yes, to secure the border. Yet the Federal government under President Obama refused to do that.

While the Obama administration and the Department of Homeland Security had said the U.S.-Mexican border was safer than ever and that reports of violence on the American side are wildly exaggerated, no one believed them because of all of the lies and dishonesty that was coming out of the Obama White House as well as his Federal agencies.

Yes, the IRS, Homeland Security, the EPA, the Department of Justice scandals had an effect on the credibility of the United States government. Today most Americans see them as corrupt, dishonest, untrustworthy, and criminal in their actions.

And to make it worse, under Obama the Federal Government told Americans to move if they felt threatened because that administration was not going to help them.

A report from 2011 by the Texas commissioner of agriculture said cross-border violence was escalating. "Fear and anxiety levels among Texas farmers and ranchers have grown enormously during the past two years," the report said, adding that some "have even abandoned their livelihoods to move their families to safer ground."

Retired U.S. Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who served as the U.S. drug czar during the Clinton administration was a co-author of the report. During an interview, McCaffrey said that while major cities along the Texas border are "pretty safe," the rural areas between towns are "largely unprotected, and across those areas the Mexican cartels are conducting massive movements of illegal drugs and other criminal activity."

That was in 2011, then in the last years of the Obama administration law enforcement was seeing more aggressive efforts such as using military weaponry by Mexican traffickers on this side of the border.

It's effect on Americans on this side of the border are the same as Mexicans on the other side of the border. People are scared and feel completely at the mercy of the criminal element. The cartels and the violence they bring has intimidated U.S. citizen who don't believe they're safe on their own land, in their own homes, or running a business, in their own country.

In 2011, it was reported that Veterinarian and rancher Mike Vickers headeds the Texas Border Volunteers, a group of about 300 landowners and supporters who worked closely with law enforcement officials to track drug and immigrant smugglers entering the U.S. from Mexico and crossing private land. His primary concern, he said, was the safety of farmers and ranchers who have been confronted by armed traffickers.

"A lot of them have been threatened not to call the Border Patrol or law enforcement if they see smuggling going on their property, otherwise they'll be killed or their family members may be killed," he said at the time.

That was in 2011, and according to information from the Cochise County Sheriff’s Office, automatic rifles, grenades, and .50-caliber weapons were used by battling Mexican drug factions early one morning in January 2014 in the Mexican border town of Agua Prieta, just south of Douglas, Arizona.

Reports indicate that between 8 and 13 individuals were killed during the battle which was proof that violence in the United States from Mexico continues to creep northward. But perhaps the most disturbing aspect of the battle in Agua Prieta, Arizona, is the unwillingness of local law enforcement to become involved at all.

It was reported that during the gun battle, both law enforcement and medical first responders refused to go into the area. Their reasoning was that law enforcement might have been outnumbered and that the violence was too intense even for trained law enforcement professionals.

As one report put it at the time, "this is not a police problem, it is an invasion. The solution is something millions of Americans support, but is something that Obama and the Federal government refused to do which was to secure the border with whatever it takes.


American ranchers and farmers, homeowners and business along the border all complain about living in fear of Mexican traffickers smuggling drugs and Illegal aliens. From ranchers and farmers who worry about Illegals crossing their land, to homeowners and businesses who see a rise in crime from Mexicans coming across the border illegally, Americans down there are in fear of losing their lives and are due protection.

Their safety and that of their families didn't seem to matter to Obama who occupied the White House from 2009 to 2017, or as a matter of fact to Bush who should have secured the border after 9-11 when he secured the airports and shipping ports. Well, that's not the case today with President Trump. He definitely sees a problem with American citizens getting robbed, beaten, raped, and killed.

President Trump signed a proclamation to send the National Guard to the southern border immediately in response to what the administration described as an "unacceptable" flow of drugs, criminal activity and illegal immigrants.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said at a Trump White House press briefing that the signing would be done in conjunction with governors and that the administration hoped the deployment would begin "immediately."

"Despite a number of steps this administration has taken...we continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, dangerous gang activity transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration flow across our border. The president has directed that the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security work together with our governors to deploy our National Guard to our southwest border to assist the border patrol," she said.

President Trump stated, "Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way - they want people to pour into our country unchecked....CRIME! We will be taking strong action today."

Homeland Security Secretary Nielsen pointed to what she described as increasing fraud and exploited loopholes among arrivals on the southern border, saying traffickers have been advertising that if migrants have children with them, then they are more likely to be released into the U.S. She also said that almost 50 percent of arriving aliens are from Central America.

"Traffickers and smugglers know that these individuals cannot under U.S. law be easily removed in an expeditious way back to their country of origin and so they exploit the loophole," she said, adding that the ability to game the system acts as a magnet for more migrants.

She said that the administration has drafted legislation and will ask Congress to provide legal authority and resources to address the problem, saying, "We will not allow illegal immigration levels to become the norm. More than 1,000 people a day, 300,000 a year violating our sovereignty as a nation will never be acceptable to this president."

Arguing that the U.S. border laws “are very weak” compared to Mexico and Canada, President Trump accused Democrats of wanting immigrants “to pour into our country unchecked.”

Since they have no problem with the deaths of Americans, the growth of Mexican Cartels in our country, with their violating our laws, I agree with President Trump. I believe Democrat politicians simply don't care! And frankly, I really believe that those politicians don't represent all Democrats because many write me to tell me that they themselves want out border secured, and they don't agree with those in their party who are for Open Borders.

We have a problem on our Southern Border. Whether Democrats care or not should not stop us from protecting Americans.

Tom Correa

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