Sunday, March 16, 2008

Mexican Border Wall

The new wall that the Bush administration has come up with is one of the more stupid (and there are many) ideas that they have had. Anyone that knows anything about the Rio Grande Valley, knows all they are going to do, is cause a lot more problems than they fix. They are also going to adversely affect the economy of the area.

The biggest blunder is that they will cut off several wildlife sancutaries. One of which is the Sabal Palm Grove Wildlife Sanctuary. It is a place many birds are seen. People work there and have jobs, they also feed the birds. This is a very important place for habitat in the lower Rio Grande Valley.

But then they are not going to put a wall in other places such as Bentsen State Park and Santa Ana Wildlife Refuge. Which is good, because these are important places too, not only for wildlife but for the retirees that live outside of these areas and use the parks for exercise and enjoyment every day.

We were in Santa Ana and it was very sad. We were on a path that runs alongside the Rio Grande and there were trash bags and discarded clothes everywhere from where the Mexican Nationals swam across the river. It was pretty disgusting. While on the trail, we saw a helicopter overhead. Just when we got off the trail, we saw a border patrol boat pull up. Then we passed 2 border patrol walking. Then we saw jeeps with border patrol.

Then we go to Bentsen which is a state park and never saw a border patrol agent at all. A local retiree there, Red Gamill, told us one day he saw 32 Mexican Nationals just walk through the park.

At Salineo, another place that is good for birding, is a place that is used frequently for crossing. There is a boat ramp there. We saw the border patrol truck come by, then not 1 minute later, the boat pulls up, there was truck and trailer parked there. One guy jumped out and backed the truck up, loaded the boat, and they drove off with the boat full of Mexicans.

Obviously they are not doing a good job, there is no rhyme or reason for where the wall goine in. But will put the wall in places where they will take aways houses and jobs. Another fine example of the Bush Administration. NOT.

Bird trivia: A great blue heron is about 4 feet tall but only weighs 4 pounds.