Eastern California, Part 3
The far western border area is flat desert and
prone to fast attack from the south. To limit the numbers of vehicles
crashing the border, some substantial steel barriers have been
placed just north of the border. When drug vehicles were still
able to evade the barriers, a little imagination and a forklift
closed off one narrow approach.
start of the massive Laguna Moutain Range climbing 6,000 feet
from the desert floor is in the background.
Because the U.S. Border Patrol continues to receive
far less funding than it needs, the drug smugglers continue to
race north through this part of the desert.
of funding doesn't stop the imaginative Border Patrol from solving
Here, you can see where several scrap motor vehicles have been
dropped on top of another drug convoy access road into the United
The great Colorado River is but a few miles away
and Mexico has built a massive waterworks to supply potable water
to Tijuana more than 90 miles away. The water is pumped from the
desert floor up and over the Laguna Mountains and into reservoirs
in high mountain valleys.
The sky blue paint makes the huge pipe stand
out agains the gray mountain. This system provides even half of
the water to the border metropolis of Tijuana