Con You Heer Me Now, Essay?
One of the reasons I spend most of my time web browsing reading foreign newspapers and media sources is that you find stories which are either grossly underreported or never reported at all in the American news media. This fascinating item comes from the Hong Kong Standard, of all places, but appears to have originated in the British Sunday Telegraph.
"Would-be illegal immigrants planning to cross the desert and enter the United States on foot are to be given hand-held satellite devices by the Mexican authorities to ensure they arrive safely. Those who get lost or fall sick during the dangerous four-day crossing will be able to activate the device, to alert frontier police on both sides of the border. The satellite tracking service will require would-be illegals to register their intentions before setting off - a paradoxical move, given that secrecy is necessary for success - but Mexican authorities are predicting that about 200,000 devices will be handed out when the project is launched formally in the coming year."
So, let me get this straight. Mexico, a supposedly friendly foreign power and a supposed ally, is giving technological assistance to 200,000 of its citizens to assist them in violating United States law and coming here to do harm to Americans by stealing jobs, benefits, and costly medical care from us? With friends like these, we hardly need any enemies.
The Standard article goes on to say, "Between 20 and 30 migrants succumb to hellish temperatures and insect bites while trying to cross into Arizona every year. Heat exhaustion sometimes causes short-term memory loss, with trekkers wandering into the desert. The route into Arizona, known as the Sasave Pass, is both the most common and the most dangerous way into the United States." Aw, jeez. My heart just bleeds for all those poor beaners who risk life and limb and heat stroke to break our law and take our country and our birthright away from us. Poor ninos!
But cheer up, folks! There is hope! The Standard informs us that "A spokesman for US Customs and Border Protection said: 'We do not have any information about the Mexican government providing satellite trackers to people, but we strongly discourage encouragement to people who are attempting to cross illegally into the United States.'"
Whew! I was worried there for a minute!