The U.S. Border Patrol has a new policy that likely took millions of US tax dollars to produce over the past two years and when it released the 32-page guidelines to their troops it sort of sent a chill up and down my spine as I pondered one of the stated U.S. Federal Government objectives.
Now, keep in mind that according to their own records ‘illegal’ crossings into the USA from Mexico is down to an all time low as are captures (arrests down 80%) from their lowest point since 1971. The decrease is credited by many as a direct result of the U.S. economy and not just better ‘patrolling’, etc.
And now with a U.S. Border Patrol that has doubled in size in the past ten year to the number of a US Army Division of 21,000 ‘troops’, and with fewer and fewer people trying to cross into the USA ‘illegally’, instead of cutting back (and saving money) on the size of the ‘division’ they are going to start spending more time, money and efforts finding out why ‘ALL OF US’ are crossing the border so often!
In a recent interview Michael J. Fisher, the Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol and a member of the Senior Executive Service, told the Associated Press (AP) that one of the new objectives is to identify repeat border travelers and determine ‘whatzup with the trips’, so to speak.
What the ‘Top Cop’ really told the AP was: "This whole risk-based approach is trying to figure out who are these people? What risk do they pose from a national security standpoint? The more we know, the better informed we are about identifying the threat and potential risk.”
Did you hear those key words? “Who are these people” and “The more we know”? So I leave you this week with these thoughts from Friedrich Gustav Emil Martin Niemöller, a Military Veteran of his Nation, later a Pastor and political conservative, etc. who at one time supported his Government only to find himself imprisoned in both the Sachsenhausen and then Dachau concentration camps from 1938 to 1945.
“First they came for the communists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.”
A Gypsy can always dream!
¡Viva Puerto Peñasco y México!