In addition to encircling our county with roadblocks and being a hindrance to traffic, the Border Patrol has caused numerous accidents and injuries by their reckless chases through our streets, and they are also trigger-happy, as any Google search will turn up numerous hits on the Border Patrol shooting wildly at fleeing vehicles as well as shooting unarmed people in the back.
In one of these many shooting cases, justice was served, however, in an incident in which two Texas Border Patrol agents, Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean, together shot 15 times at a fleeing marijuana suspect, Osvaldo Dávila, wounding Dávila in the buttocks. The Border Patrol agents then abandoned their wounded victim, hid the shell casings, and failed to file a report on the shooting. In this rare case of justice, the Border Patrol agents are presently serving 11 and 12 years in prison (where they presumably now have to watch out for their own backsides).
In summary, the Border Patrol has gotten wildly out of control in post-9/11 America and needs to be reined in, as it has become a clear and present danger not just to immigrants but to U.S. citizens as well.
No More Free Stuff
Re “Illegal Ways to Avoid the Border Wait” (Cover Story, October 9). This article was yet another interesting read about the illegal alien problem. Thank you for letting others know what I have known for years. The poor people of Mexico are going through extremes to get out of their country, and this article tells why. It stated that the Mexican government is rich, but they provide no social services for their people. No wonder the lure of the United States is so great. That’s what the open-border idiots don’t seem to get. It’s the Mexican government that is enslaving their own people and making them come here for free medical care, education, etc., and we as Americans have allowed that to continue. If we stopped paying for all that free stuff, then maybe there would be an incentive for the Mexican people to rise up and make their voices heard against their corrupt government. As the article states, it should be the Mexican dream, not the American one. Yet you won’t hear either presidential candidate talk about anything involving illegal immigration and why it’s happening.
I just have a question concerning your cover story in the October 9 Reader (“Illegal Ways to Avoid the Border Wait”). Very interesting story — I just finished it. But your cover picture, there’s no caption, and I looked inside the Reader and there’s no reference to it, no explanation. I’m guessing this is from the Mexican side looking northward into America. Is that correct, or is it from the American side looking southward into Mexico? I haven’t been to Mexico in 66 years, and the border crossing didn’t look like that back then.
The cars shown in the cover photo are waiting to enter the United States. — Editor
Twits In Paradise
Tsk, tsk. Sounds like my recent letter to the Reader (“We’re Cornball Rednecks,” October 2) hit a raw spot, considering the angry and irrational responses. Yes, the truth is often hard to take, but it is what it is. If you had the courage of your convictions, I’m surprised that neither respondent had the courage to give their full names. As for the poor sap that recently moved from sophisticated Washington, D.C., to this backwater, you have not been here long enough to give a qualified opinion; write again in about two years and I guarantee you will have changed your tune. That is, if you’re still here, which I doubt. As for the mayhem you describe in your hometown as an excuse for leaving (you f——— wimp), this goes on every day in San Diego. If you don’t believe me, take a stroll through Southeast San Diego one night, preferably around midnight. As for your description of L.A. as a s—hole, I can assure you that that great city has more culture in one block than in the whole of San Diego.
As for the second respondent, if you could spell, I might take your rants seriously. Two letters, one profane, one illiterate; I think both you “gentlemen” are going to fit right in here in sunny San Diego, two twits in denial.
Letters to the editor are edited; comments from the Reader website are not. — Editor