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Mexico Tells Illegals To Convoy For Safety

From an irony proof Associated Press:

Mexico: migrants should form convoys for safety

By Mark Stevenson, Associated Press Mon Nov 22, 2010

MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s government is telling migrants driving home for the holidays from the United States that they should form convoys for their own safety while traveling through Mexico, and an official said Monday that police will accompany convoys on the most dangerous stretches of highway

"When there are hot spots, we can request that a patrol escort the convoy," said Itzel Ortiz, the director of the Paisano Program, which is in charge of welcoming returning migrants and ensuring their trips home are safe.

Demands for bribes by police and officials at Mexican customs checkpoints used to be the worst problems for returning migrants, who often bring cash, new vehicles and appliances with them.

But that seems almost innocuous compared to the challenges posed by drug cartel gunmen, who frequently set up roadblocks on northern highways to steal vehicles and cash, kidnap or kill travelers.

Obliviously, we need to keep illegal aliens out of our country for their own good. If there are no returning "migrants" laden with booty, there wouldn’t be these problems. It’s all our fault.

We need to take responsibility for our lax immigration enforcement.

Ortiz said the program often works with migrant clubs in U.S. cities. Such clubs are often organized by migrants from a given region or state of Mexico to keep community ties alive.

It seems to us that the US immigration authorities should work with these "migrant clubs," too. To stop the problem at its source.

If a group is returning, they can give the Paisano Program a copy of their intended route, and program offices in each state along the way will check in with the migrants to see if they have made it safely to that day’s destination.

And if they don’t make it, the authorities might look for the bodies.

In a statement, the Interior Department said the Mexican army would assist in the program to help migrants return safely from the United States.

"The main recommendation for travelers is that drive during the day and in groups, and with that aim in mind they should contact Paisano Program offices to organize caravans, so that they can be escorted or monitored," according to the statement

The U.S. State Department has urged U.S. citizens to avoid traveling on the highway between the border cities of Nuevo Laredo and Reynosa, south of the Texas border, due to drug gang violence. The department also noted that "criminals have followed and harassed U.S. citizens traveling in their vehicles in border areas including Nuevo Laredo, Matamoros, and Tijuana."

The situation has become so bad that the State Department has prohibited its employees from traveling by vehicle across the U.S.-Mexico border

That’s news to us. You would think that it would indicate the need for a crackdown on the border. But, of course, that won’t happen under Mr. Obama.

He is too busy cracking down on the gringos trying to get on airplanes to Duluth.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, November 23rd, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “Mexico Tells Illegals To Convoy For Safety”

  1. NoNeoCommies says:

    If I thought they had the fortitude and honor required, I would recommend training and arming them to take over their own country.
    I mean, as long as they are there, they should help “clean up”.

  2. bobdog says:

    I wonder if these folks will be body scanned or given “extra enhanced” groping by the Mexican police on their way into Mexico?

    You can’t be too careful, you know. I have it on good authority from a guy who knows a guy who knows an unnamed source in Homeland Security that terrorists have been chattering about using pinatas to hold explosives.

  3. Mithrandir says:

    Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says terrorists will continue to look for U.S. vulnerabilities, making tighter security standards necessary.

    “[Terrorists] are going to continue to probe the system and try to find a way through,” Napolitano said in an interview that aired Monday night on “Charlie Rose.”

    –Gee, where would 1 BIG vulnerability is there left, hmm, where would terrorists possibly PROBE the U.S. without any obstruction what-so-ever? —The U.S. southern border?

    *Squeeze breasts and scrotums, backscatter machines, but ignore the WIDE-OPEN southern border in which terrorists could drive in a nuclear MX Missile!

  4. canary says:

    “Demands for bribes by police and officials at Mexican customs checkpoints used to be the worst problems for returning migrants, who often bring cash, new vehicles and appliances with them.”

    I can see those importing such items into Mexico trying to avoid import taxes. No doubt the corrupt officials pocket the so called tax money, or else hand over the appliances.

    • Liberals Demise says:

      What do you wanna bet that those appliances have ‘Made in Mexico’ stamped on them?

      Mexico……….the 3rd Front!!

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