Last week, presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson suggested that we use armed drones to blow up the tunnels that run from Mexico into the United States. The tunnels and caves are being used for human and drug trafficking but Border Patrol, while having a lot of success, hasn’t been able to stop them.
Dr. Carson’s suggestion is one that Israelis have used and it works. We aren’t doing enough to close up these tunnels. Blowing them up would be a great idea.
Shooting the cartel scouts who are living in our parks on our side of the border would also be a good idea, but that’s just my opinion.
There are actually tunnels with motorcycle tracks on them.
What the irresponsible media has been doing is claiming Dr. Carson wants to take drone strikes at the border and kill illegal immigrants. He never suggested drones would be used to kill people yet the media went around claiming he did.
“There are caves that they utilize. Those caves can be eliminated. There are a number of possibilities — that could be one of them,” Carson told CNN. “I’m not talking about killing people. No people with drones.”
If elected president, Carson says he’d also consider using military strategists and the National Guard to secure the border.
Listen to this reporter try to twist Dr. Carson’s comments.
Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Thomas Pittman found the tunnels 18 years ago and discovered they were a veritable Wild West underground.
“The drainage tunnels were wide open and people were just flooding through them,” Pittman said. “Back then the drains had gates [along the channel between Nogales and Mexico] that were made out of simple landing mat and the illegals would just break them open with no problem and make their way through.”
Border Patrol installed heavy steel gates so the cartels dug their own tunnels. They have found more than 200 trafficking tunnels since 1990.
Through May of 2014, 107 tunnels have been discovered in the Tucson Sector and 102 of them were in Nogales. Nogales is the most active illegal tunneling area in the U.S.
The Nogales Tunnel Task Force, headed by Homeland Security Investigations and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was established in 2011 and is made up of personnel from CBP, the Drug Enforcement Administration; and state and local agencies. There are only 15 members of the Border Patrol’s tunnel team.
“You can’t fight markets,” says David Shirk, associate professor of international relations and director of the Justice in Mexico project at the University of San Diego. “When a market reaches a certain size, you can’t fight it.”
“For every mile of fencing we put up, for every extra thousand or ten thousand border patrol agents that we throw into the area, there’s always some trafficker or some organization out there who’s figuring out how to maneuver around those obstacles,” says Shirk, who contributed to the Attorney General’s report.
The Border Patrol refers to their efforts as “playing whack-a-mole.”
Border Patrol disagrees with the professor’s perspective on the market but the evidence speaks for itself.
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