41 pounds of meth seized at an interior checkpoint. Two items to note: (1) A border wall wouldn’t have done much here. This was discovered not at the border, but at a traffic checkpoint that Google Maps suggests is 45 miles from the port of entry where CA 86 leaves the Imperial Valley (2) there is a lot of money but also relatively small weight involved in meth – so one needs to be smart on how this gets found.
So without doubt, that area seems to have an active smuggling operation, but use of ports of entry, tunnels and even ultralight aircraft underline that despite the plaque placed there with Trump’s name in October – this area still has active operations.
The Beast was first published in Spanish in 2010 and then translated to English in 2013. It provides accounts of Central American migrants as they travel through Mexico to eventually reaching the US border. I liked the descriptions of the various actors; migrants, Mexican authorities, coyotes, small-time criminals, drug gangs, etc and how they interacted with each other. It gave me more of a role of these various actors.
While it didn’t spend a lot of time describing the conditions the migrants left, one definitely got a sense that people motivated to pass through all this in Mexico wouldn’t likely be deterred by simple barriers – and also some perspective of why ‘caravans’ might have arisen.
Overall, thought it was well-written account. I don’t know how much as changed since 2010/2013. I’m sure specific dynamics of parts of the border areas may have, though we still have the overall area of Central American migrants becoming particularly prominent from 2014 onwards. This is a good read.
While a wall certainly gets bandied about Trump’s camp and even presented at *the* solution to fixing immigration, it isn’t quite important enough to register for this group focused on the same topic. That to some extent underscores how much the wall has become more of a symbolic than practical approach.
they describe a wall as “a soundbite, not a cogent public policy position” and point out America needs to move past this lightning rod to actual discussion of border security. They say walls make sense in some places but a wall is not a universal solution.
However, not to hard to see given the vast expanse of the border and existing examples of corruption and the money involved that those sparsely populated stretches of border might provide new corruption opportunities.