Trouble at the Border
There have been occasional reports of violence along the Arizona/Mexico border. The violence has affected two National Parks.
Not to worry – the Federal Government is all over this sort of thing. Here’s an example of the stern measures we’re taking:
“According to eight new signs that have been posted recently and have been circulated heavily across the Internet, visitors to the national park are advised to avoid camping south of Interstate 8 to avoid drug and human smuggling activity.
The signs go on to say, “Visitors may encounter armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at a high rate of speed.”
Naturally, there’s no mention of these “armed criminals” origins.
This next part is just as scary:
“Most may believe the signs were placed by an anti-immigration organization, or were an Internet hoax.”
“… they were put there [by the Government] to provide more detail than the previous signs that cautioned travelers , “Smuggling and illegal immigration may be encountered in this area.”
“Eighty miles north of the Mexican border, federal employees have opted to warn visitors to stay clear of the criminal behavior.
“We have the authority and responsibility to manage the monument area,” Godfrey said. “That includes public safety, managing the resources, wildlife and natural resources. But our first responsibility is to protect law abiding citizens.”
Except, of course, inquiring into someone’s nationality.
“… according to the signs, the rampant crime taking place in that region is too dangerous for hikers and campers.”
The Helping Hand of the Government concludes
“The solution, according to the federal government, is to simply avoid the area.”
Now I feel ever so much more secure.
Then there’s this:
“The federal government closed a portion of a US park in Arizona four years ago due to violence perpetuated by illegal aliens and smugglers along the US/Mexico border.
The sheriff’s … one office is responsible for an area the size of Connecticut.”
Here’s a pdf of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service note:
“… effective October 3, 2006…
The situation in this zone has reached a point where continued public use of the area is not prudent.”
They could be more honest and direct and have the signs read
“Keep out. You may be killed by invaders from another country.”