August 12, 2006

AT LEAST THE MINUTE MEN GOT TO BRING BEER:

Guardsmen Fight Boredom on Mexican Border (WAYNE WOOLLEY, 8/12/2006, Newhouse News Service)

From his post on a rocky outcropping, the soldier who spent 2004 patrolling Baghdad had an unobstructed view of the Mexican village of Palomas and a decrepit cattle fence that serves as the only barrier to entry into the United States.

Ataca, who works as a manager for a shipping company in New Jersey, watched everyday life play out in Palomas, children walking to school, farmers taking produce to market, and even suspected drug traffickers and human smugglers standing on rooftops and staring at him through their own binoculars.

The one thing Ataca didn't see -- the one thing he expected to see -- was illegal immigrants trying to make their way into America.

"It's been pretty slow," Ataca said one day last week. "Not much going on."

Ataca is part of Operation Jumpstart, a Bush administration initiative to put 6,000 National Guard soldiers and airmen on America's border with Mexico for the next two years to augment the U.S. Border Patrol. [...]

The New Jersey troops had one bit of action last week when two dozen lost and dehydrated illegal immigrants surrendered to a group of soldiers manning an observation post in the Lordsburg sector.

But for the most part, the troops have been watching and waiting, fighting boredom, trying to stay dry during through a stretch of unseasonable and torrential rains and doing battle with snakes, scorpions and nearly every variety of poisonous spider known to man.


It's the best of both worlds--the nativists get what they want and it's utterly useless.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 12, 2006 3:37 PM
Comments

"it's utterly useless" Not really, the reason there are no illegals crossing is because the smugglers saw the troops there watching them. As far as I'm concerned, close the border, let the illegals who are already here carry on with their lives.

Posted by: ic at August 12, 2006 3:58 PM

I rest my case.

Posted by: oj at August 12, 2006 4:00 PM

I know several guys deployed with the Army NG down there. Believe me, they brought their own beer as well.

JP

Posted by: jefferson park at August 12, 2006 8:09 PM

But for the most part, the troops have been watching and waiting, fighting boredom, trying to stay dry during through a stretch of unseasonable and torrential rains and doing battle with snakes, scorpions and nearly every variety of poisonous spider known to man.

Makes it sound like frontier duty in the British Raj. Only without the native servants. I suppose they could hire them from Mexico on the cheap, though.

Posted by: Taeyoung at August 12, 2006 10:16 PM
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