Southern Barrier, Part 14
As we continue eastward, the border barrier again becomes nothing.
This part of the border barrier is at the California / Arizona
barrier consists of an aging white vehicle stop bar. This barrier
is about 100 feet north of the border. There is nothing -- not
even a fence -- behind the camera.
Because of the Border Patrol's underfunding, on
weekends, Mexican gangs race north and into throngs of American
campers. At other times they blend with the off road vehicle enthusiasts
to hand off sacks of drugs.
The barrier continues in this condition for even
a hundred miles. Well east of the Arizona state line there is
now a modicum of funding to stop some of the drug convoys. Drug
convoys race north from the town of San Luis, Sonora, Mexico and
can make it to an Arizona highway in minutes. These convoys can
be made of even twenty off road vehicles. Most get through.
Just north of this part of the border is a vast
military complex with bombing ranges. Other Mexican gangs cross
onto those ranges and steel the explosives from unexploded ordnance,
take those explosives back to Mexico.
This machine is being used to vibrate steel pipes
into the ground about every four feet along the border. The United
States has surrendered several feet of US territory by constructing
the barrier well north of the actual border. Afterall, we wouldn't
want our workers to be arrested by Mexico as "illegal aliens."
This machine accepts a tube from a waiting forklift
and then rotates and places the tube on the ground. The machine
has placed an auger into the tube and spins the auger as it also
vibrates the tube downwards into the ground. Once placed at the
desired depth the machine rises, rotates the head toward the forklift
and accepts another tube.