The Mexican Border Fence: A Solution?

by S (Rio) Guzman

imagesWe are building an incredible new fence along the Mexican border; that means tax payer’s money down the drain.

Mexicans cross the US border illegally in search of work because they don’t earn enough money in their own country to sustain themselves.  I can vouch for that. Is a fence going to stop them?

We have to address the problem not the symptoms. They need a decent minimum wage.  They need schools and libraries. They don’t need a fence; they need a supportive government. If they would have that they wouldn’t even think about the United States; they have a beautiful country and a deep cultural background.

We applauded when the Berlin Wall fell. Are we building another one?

What do you think?

Rio Guzman is the author of A Vagabond in Mexico

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  1. el codo says:

    Señor Rio, I have the fortune of living in Tecate which is on the border. I also have the fortune of being able to design and implement alternative energy (off the grid) systems. One of them was for a vacation house, 2-hours by car on a dirt road, south east of El Cajon, California. I stayed there two weeks and the owner’s son is a special forces master sargeant. We became concerned when the property well was repeatedly damaged by folks who apparently were seeking water. The incidents occurred at night. The sargenat and I rigged up a tripwire flash camera located very high in a nearby pine tree. Sure enough the next morning we found the wire tripped and the camera had flashed. We then downloaded the image into a laptop and took a peek. It showed men, women and few children but it was the cargo of the men and some of the women that bothered us. Wrapped in blue plastic were bricks of an unidentifyable substance tied in the form of packs laying around the well while the folks were drawing water with a bucket.

    Another incident that I must not ID the location of: Tecate, around ten PM a young man staggers into the yard with a look of desperation. “Agua!” he gasped “Agua por favor”.

    I replied in spanish “The US border patrol specifically told me to not tell anyone that there is a water tap of drinkable water on the other side of this building”.

    The young man returned with a look of great relief on his face, opened a canvas bag, unwrapped a cheese wheel, tore off a huge chunk, handed it to me and said “My mother is dying. I must go now quickly”.

    What can I possibly say to your inquiry about whether a fence is a hostile act? I don’t think the group at the well was carrying party favors. One would think a coyote was forcing them to mule as part payment. The young man tore at my heart strings.

    Muy dificil asunto amigo

    • Rio_guzman says:

      Greetings “Codo”, thanks for a your graphic description of life at the border. It proves my point. But the “asunto” is only difficult due to human ignorance. We don’t see the Whole due to our overdeveloped ego; selfishness and stupidity are an inseparable couple, a marriage made in hell.