BORDER BATTLEGROUND: ALL QUIET ON U.S. FRONTIER–GUARD DEFENDS QUAIL
NATIONAL GUARD OCCUPIES “NO MAN’S LAND”: CROSSING TARIFFS, SMUGGLERS AND ILLEGALS MOVIN ON….
Southern Arizona’s Altar Valley, once was a huge Spanish Land Grant, today it is a border battlefield between the Sinaloa cartel’s “Zetas and the Beltran-Leyva cartel” in 2006 the valley was closed to public entry because of incursions. Last week 30 National Guard lined the border making the southern region of the Buenos Aires Wildlife Refuge safe for bird-watchers and fans of the desert pronghorn. Jaime Molina has hunted deer in Fresnal Canyon which parallels the border for a dozen years, most of his adult life, in the past he says he would maybe see 150 crossers from his secret perch, this year Molina brought his new bride and together they got a three point rack but they haven’t seen any crossers, at all. “I’m told all the traffic is being funneled toward Peck Canyon”, he says referring to a canyon further east. This fence is headed that way and everyone is being pushed out of their familiar routes he says. The “fence” is the infamous “virtual fence” which has been plagued by costs overruns and millions of dollars, most recently, it was said it didn’t work and would not be extended.