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Followup on the Mexican Army’s latest incursion

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By See-Dubya  •  August 7, 2008 12:12 PM

Mexican soldiers holding a Border Patrol agent at gunpoint on American soil is a big deal, and some more statements and commentary are starting to come down about it. Whereas yesterday the State Department was wondering what happened, another spokesman is dismissing the incident as a “misunderstanding“.

A spokesman for the U.S. State Department said the incursion had been brought to the attention of the Mexican government, and appeared to be accidental.

“Our understanding is that this encounter stemmed from a momentary misunderstanding as to the exact location of the U.S.-Mexican border,” Gonzalo Gallegos said.

“We recognize that occasional incidents such as this can and do occur. But we take the misunderstanding seriously, as does the Government of Mexico.”

That’s a tough section of the border, by the way. Ajo, Arizona is right near Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, where Park Ranger Kris Eggle was killed by a cartel hit squad in 2002.

And as a new study shows, that section of the border is still undermanned relative to California.

Okay…two thoughts on this.

First, we’re giving the Mexican government billions of dollars in aid under the Merida Initiative to improve the effectiveness of the Mexican military and law enforcement. Maybe we could throw in a couple hand-held GPS devices. We can even build in a signal that makes them beep loudly when they’re inside U.S. territory.

But that’s a temporary solution. Here’s a radical new idea I’d like to propose–maybe we could build some sort of…hmmm…structure along the U.S./Mexico border. Something that would make it difficult to physically pass from Mexico into the United States, and vice-versa.

Bear with me here, let me just run this crazy idea up the flagpole and see who salutes: unlike “virtual fences” or even increased patrolling, one of these barrier watchamacallits would actually prevent this sort of dangerous accident because you would have to be really working hard to end up on the other side of the…wall-like obstruction.

You’d also have to worry less about confusing hikers in the area or residents with drug runners and coyotes. Which there would be less of. They’d have to find another way into the country, and the coyotes might even go out of business because it would become too expensive to keep bringing people in versus what they could make in illegal labor. Hey, there’s another fringe benefit.

Wow, this is sounding like a good idea. We could even have a cool catch phrase you could tell your congressman–something like “Build the Reinforced Border Obstacle Now!”

Just an idea.

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