By Marilyn Barnewall

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On any given day, the Mexican-U.S. border looks like Baghdad.

For example, in 2000, a Juarez cartel of Mexico’s drug gangs placed a bounty of $200,000 on the heads of each U.S. lawman.

In March 2002, four heavily armed Mexican army soldiers showed up on American soil, close to San Diego. They were armed with three submachine guns and an M-16 rifle. They illegally entered the country near Tecate, Mexico.

There have been other witnessed and documented “armed incursions” into U.S. territory by heavily armed Mexican army units. In March 2000, two Mexican army vehicles that carried over a dozen soldiers armed with automatic assault rifles, pistols and submachine guns drove into the U.S. near Santa Teresa, NM. They shot at Border Patrol agents.

A 28-year old ranger was killed as he and Border Patrol agents were about to nab two gunmen with ties to Mexican drug thugs. This happened in Arizona’s Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument August 2003.

There was a high-speed car chase that ended in Bisbee, Ariz. Eyewitnesses say they have seen Mexican military and paramilitary police assisting Mexican nationals cross illegally into the U.S. In 2002, U.S. Park Service Ranger Kris Eggle was killed in a drug-related shooting. An American father and daughter were held at gunpoint inside the U.S. on their own property by a gun-toting squad of Mexican soldiers. The U.S. government released the officials – with their weapons intact, of course.

A year ago, a detail of U.S. Marines came under automatic weapons fire near the border, two miles west of Naco, Ariz. Chris Simcos, owner of the Tombstone (Ariz.) Tumbleweed newspaper pointed to the statement of FBI agent Susan Herskovits that the agency is involved in the investigation because it involves an assault on federal law-enforcement agents and involves gunfire from across the international boundary with Mexico.

Why do we hear nothing of these things? Where is Dan Rather when you need him… looking at false documents, or something?

Money transfers from Mexican immigrants working in the U.S. to relatives back home reached a record $10 billion in 2002…up from $9.2 billion in 2001. Does anyone believe those billions are used to purchase goods that help provide jobs for American workers? The transfers are Mexico’s second largest source of income (after oil exports).

Money is not the only thing being taken from American citizens. So, too, are available college seats. Minimum wage jobs are taken from our kids.

Virginia’s Attorney General issued an advisory opinion citing concerns that illegal aliens may take seats at state colleges. His memo encouraged state colleges to report illegal aliens on campus to federal authorities and forbids entry into Virginia colleges at an in-state tuition cost.

Northern Virginia Community College, the state’s largest community college, responded by declaring it would continue enrolling illegal immigrants.

Several states, including New York, California and Texas, not only allow illegal aliens to enroll in colleges funded by public taxation, but also allow them to pay in-state tuition. A bill introduced by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) grants in-state tuition costs for illegals. It gives legal status to teenagers who have been in the United States at least five years, have graduated from high school, and who have no criminal record. What a conservative claim to fame that is!

Crime is another big, costly problem for U.S. taxpayers. According to the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS), in Los Angeles 95 percent of all outstanding warrants for homicide (which total about 1,500) target illegal aliens. Up to two-thirds of all fugitive felony warrants (17,000) are for illegal aliens.

We have about two million prisoners behind bars in America. An astounding 30 percent are illegal aliens and they cost taxpayers $1.6 billion, annually.

Over $120 billion in drugs illegally cross our southern border, annually.

We have all heard how Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Maybe we should take up a collection in each state for Washington legislators who seem to have nothing to do but twiddle their thumbs while America is infiltrated by illegals. We can buy violins!

Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo stands almost alone in the Congress trying to deal with the many problems of illegal immigration.

Tancredo shoots holes in the theory that immigration is needed to fill the coffers of the Social Security trust fund. “Rather than functioning as a support base for the elderly, these immigrants make very little money and depress the wage rate.” Most are “low-skill, low-wage earners, and are a drain on this nation,” he says.

Research results from one CIS program states that “even after welfare reform, an estimated 34 percent of households headed by legal Mexican immigrants, and 25 percent headed by illegal Mexican immigrants, used at least one major welfare program, in contrast to 15 percent of native households.”

In Cochise County, Ariz,, toxic human waste left by thousands of aliens monthly is causing health biohazards. According to, the once pristine desert land is filled with human excrement, feminine hygiene products, and soiled underwear.

A Hereford, Ariz. homeowner, Cindy Kolb, say piles?literally piles?of human feces begin at the border fence “and can be found through all of the trails and campsites.” They camp on – and contaminate?public lands and national parks.

Johnny Petrello lives near Sierra Vista. He says when he called the Arizona governor’s office, he was told “…if I collected garbage from illegal alien spots, charges could be brought against me for removing evidence from a crime scene.”

Aside from the loss of common sense, a big part of the problem started when L.A. police chief Daryl Gates enacted Special Order 40 which prohibits police officers from arresting illegals just because they were illegals. It was adopted by big cities across the nation… even little (but very liberal) Boulder, Colo. adopted it.

In Boulder, after recovering from a long coma, Colorado University quarterback John Hessler was put in a wheelchair by two illegals driving with no headlights at night.

A half-hour drive away in Denver, illegal Javier Cruz-Caballero intentionally ran down a policeman, Robert Bryant who was using a hand-held radar gun in a school walk zone.

Did you know that over 800,000 Californians have fled their home state? Did you know that $230 million to educate the kids of illegal aliens was paid by Georgia residents last year?

It almost sounds to me like the governments of Mexico and the U.S. are working on an urge to merge. Maybe Canada will be part of the deal.

We can create a new currency… with what the Federal Reserve has done to the value of the U.S. dollar, we might come out ahead.

What is it I keep hearing the President say? “We are a nation of laws…”

Sure we are.

Marilyn Barnewall, in 1978, was the first female to be named vice president in charge of a major loan and deposit portfolio at Denver’s largest bank. She started the nation’s first private bank, resigned to start her own firm and consulted for banks of all sizes in America and other countries. In June 1992, Forbes dubbed Barnewall “the dean of American private banking.” Author of several banking texts, she has written extensively for the American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, and was U.S. consulting editor for Private Banker International (Lafferty Publications, London/Dublin). Article originally appeared in the Grand Junction Free Press. Marilyn can be reached at [email protected].

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