Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Saturday, October 19, 2019

(Bloomberg) -- Roberto the coyote can see a stretch of border fence from his ranch in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, about a mile south of El Paso. Smuggling drugs and people to "el otro lado," the other side, has been his life's work.

There's always a way, he says, no matter how hard U.S. President Donald Trump tries to stop the flow. But this year's crackdown has made it a tougher proposition. A deadlier one, too"especially for women and children, who are increasingly dying in the attempt.

Here's a gap in the fence that migrants can dash through"onto land owned by American ranchers in his pay. There's a spot U.S. patrols often pass, so he's hiring more people to keep watch and cover any footprints with leaf-blowers.

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What kind of unfit mother knowingly puts her child in harm's way like this?

#1 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-20 12:00 PM | Reply

Back in the 60s we had a system that worked. I was called the Brazos system. A Mexican could sign in at the border and work from six to nine months. They liked the system, we liked the system. Mexican men could make enough to live well in Mexico. But Nixon screwed that up, then insult to injury Cater made it worse. The border was always porous. We used to drive into Mexico to buy beer by the pickup load back in the 60s without seeing a border- but then Mexicans had to jump the fence to do what they had been doing for decades. It got hard, then much harder. It became easier to send for mom and the kids to join dad in the states rather than risk la frontera. Now we have 22 million living here predominately. Leave it to Washington to screw up something that wasn't a problem.

#2 | Posted by docnjo at 2019-10-20 05:38 PM | Reply

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Border crossings. I know what you mean. I go 3-4 times a year for a diversion and to get some great Mexican food for really cheap. Well, OK, it's not cheap considering I have to drive there, but the meal itself is what I spend for a large iced tea in the states.

Used to I could drive back and forth as you say. Now the lines at the border are forever long and I need to bring a passport when my DL used to work. That's a PITA.

I got a passport card to facilitate that since it is always in my wallet. Works for Canada, so I don't have to worry about forgetting my passport when I go there.

#3 | Posted by goatman at 2019-10-20 05:45 PM | Reply

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