VOTE MAY 16 in Pima County RTA election.
TUCSON -- Prepare for 6000 more of these guys, walls, roads, prisons, and the National Guard along the US-Mexico border by the end of this year, according to Pres. Bush in DC.
It is a bad idea for Arizona and the southern borderlands. The best bill this year likely is no bill.
Bush's plan to use the guard will likely happen in AZ, where our dem Gov. has lamely supported it, even called for it. It will happen in TX for sure.
But it may not happen in CA or NM, where other Govs. have opposed using the guard. Bush wants to deploy at least 6000 guardsmen this year, adding stress to our already maxed-out military.
If the guard is used, it should be to build wildlife-friendly vehicle barriers in strategic and at-risk places, such as the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge. Once the vehicle barriers are in place, agents should patrol in trucks only on roads right on the border or outside wilderness, and anywhere on horse or foot.
The fragile and unique border environment will be jeopardized by Bush's escalation of border militarization. It may be the final nail in the coffin of US extirpation of the cactus pygmy owl, Sonoran pronghorn, and other endangered species. Bush himself tonight said 'walls and patrols only will not stop (illegal immigration)'.
Bush's plan also fails to crackdown on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. He doesn't want to offend friends in big ag. and sprawl construction, etc. That would piss off the GOP base, and he won't do that. Those are his buddies, the only people in the world who really strongly support him.
How will Mexico and its military react? Mex. Pres. Fox does not support Bush here. Fox could send troops to the Mexican side to protect his country. All it could take is some shootings of the wrong people at the wrong time and a war could break out.
Bush will be in Yuma Thursday and I hope some local desert rats will protest and make it hotter.
But be sure to watch out along the border for the forseeable future. You and your family could get caught in the crossfire.