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The Border Wall: The Last Stand at Making the US a White Gated Community

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This is the first in an occasional Truthout series on viewing the US "immigration" and Mexican border policies through a social justice lens, focusing on the lower Rio Grande Valley. Brownsville, Texas, area.

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Kit B (276)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 3:27 pm

This article is self explanatory, read it and decide how you feel about this country and yourself.

Yvonne White (229)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 4:39 pm
It seems like the Southwest has regressed into the Post-Civil War South, the "approved" violence of the laws & oppression of indigenous peoples will Force Sixty's-style conflicts & I think the sooner the better for the Natives and the idiot whites who don't Know & don't Care about History!:(

John C (75)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 7:23 pm
I care about history and I know it better that most of my peers.
I am torn between the care I have for my neighbors. They are Hispanic, native and white and all manner of in-between. Most are veterans and we take care of each other. One needs to be careful here.

This last week $600,000 worth of pot was confiscated in the middle of the desert where we make our home. $130.000 worth of cocaine was intercepted at the Nogales port of entry. Another individual was arrested going into Mexico with $30,000 in undeclared cash.
Home invasions happen often if not weekly mostly due to the drug trade. Don't make light of it. Maybe it is not such a big thing to you but I can see Mexico from my house.

Kit B (276)
Sunday March 11, 2012, 7:35 pm

John, my son and my mother still live in San Antonio, I do not make light of this situation. I have also done my research and these cartels are active in far more then drugs, they are in fact all over the United States and Canada, drugs, kidnapping, sexual slavery, and credit card theft in the billions. However, none of that can be translated into a general declaration of war on all immigrants or Mexican people. I grew up as a minority in San Antonio, I love and respect the Mexican people and do not care for this current attitude that if it ain't WHITE it ain't good. Far too many Americans are fearful and hateful of people of brown and black skin color. These attitudes are promoted and encouraged by many despicable politicians and people too ignorant to understand - even in 2012, that skin color has no bearing on the character of the human being.

There is a pathetic phrase, good fences make good neighbors - I say no fences make better neighbors. This discussion of fencing out Mexico is farce, the BAD guys are already here and no fence will stop them.

Vallee R (280)
Monday March 12, 2012, 7:45 am
Kit - you are so correct - there is a lot to consider here - but the corruption is everywhere - we just here about where the government wants us to focus our attention. I remember the Los Angeles earthquake - many fences collapsed - I thought it was great and people were talking to each other - within weeks people only spoke to talk about the fences going up - it was horrible- I left.

JL A (281)
Monday March 12, 2012, 8:26 am
all too often policy advocates fail to consider social justice issues even when they espouse religious values that dictate social justice priorities for adherents and followers...thanks for helping remedy those deficits

Pat B. (0)
Monday March 12, 2012, 8:39 am
Kit - I live in TX not far from the border, and also grew up in San Antonio. I wonder if you are feeling your personal childhood wound more than seeing the realities of how much worse the border situation has gotten. I don't think most of us who live close to the Mexican border want to declare war on its residents, any more than we want to kill all the people in Ohio in order to wipe out the criminals. We want to help the people in Mexico, but we can't do that if we are infested with the same ruthless criminals.

Lois Jordan (63)
Monday March 12, 2012, 2:30 pm
Born in AZ and living in Tucson, I've never seen such racism in AZ. It's been "ginned up" by politicians partly as a diversion from our economic woes. It's the same old story: they curry favor with racists and then hit them in the pocketbook after being voted into office. So much hate! It's always confusing to me why Americans (and most of the world) were thrilled to see the Berlin Wall come down--yet are anxious to build this wall. People living in the Southwest would do well to learn about their geographic history and surroundings, rather than wanting to just chop it off and pretend it never existed.

. (0)
Monday March 12, 2012, 3:08 pm
One word to describe this article would be "desperate". As our federal government is useless in dealing with illegal aliens, this is local government taking the law into its own hands.
The negative feeling toward Mexicans in this region has grown out of frustration, and anger because the American citizens are not being heard.
Illegal immigration, on top of the drug cartels who freely cross the border.....what do you expect from the people who have long realized the government could care less.

Kit B (276)
Monday March 12, 2012, 3:15 pm

What I do expect is just a wee bit of common sense. Think of the cost of building an impenetrable fence - not just millions, hundreds of millions and then when those wishing to get across anyway, what was the money for? If you want the government owned by the banks and corrupt corporations to hear you then you should be ready to shout and take a stand.

Ra Sc (8)
Monday March 12, 2012, 3:15 pm
I just have never understood how a nation of immigrants is so anti-immigration.

Monday March 12, 2012, 6:21 pm
Great job Kit, You are 100% correct. Corruption and the criminal element are everywhere worldwide. There is an effort to paint Mexicans and Mexican-Americans, along with the majority of Hispanics as evil. This is being carried out by the conservative right-wing movement. They are scared to death of losing political control of the country, so they must try and brainwash the gullible masses to believe that most Hispanics are bad for America! This is the only hope, to continue controlling the profits and the political power which they have left. They are finished and they know it, all they are doing is prolonging the agony of their most assured future political defeat! According to demographics and the latest statistics, by 2040 they will lose at least half of all the political power which they now have. The right-wing conservative political base will also be in shambles by then, very old, toothless and bald, unable to mount a comeback or go to the voting booths, even by using sex enhancing drugs, lol!

Mary Donnelly (47)
Monday March 12, 2012, 10:25 pm
Kit--you are on the ball, again.

W. C (7)
Monday March 12, 2012, 10:37 pm
Thank you for the information.

Janis B (7)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 5:18 am
Gated community? More like District 13

Victor M (236)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 9:51 am

Yvonne White (229)
Tuesday March 13, 2012, 2:36 pm
Wouldn't it be more cost effective to bomb the WarLords as an example to all these criminal gangs? Surely the DEA knows the Cartel Heads (or we need new DEA) & where they live, these are Terrorists far more dangerous to our country than some Muslim in Iran..
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