Eastern California, Part 5
Calexico, California is an official Port of Entry into the United
States. Thousands of cars cross the border here each day.
To stop the drug smugglers, substantial steel barriers have been
installed at each side of the Calexico Port of Entry itself.
These steel barriers are made of square steel tubing.
On the other side of that steel barrier are thousands
of cars waiting in line to cross into the United States. Right
next to those thousands of cars are drug smugglers busily sawing
away at the barrier.
Yes, drug smugglers are standing there drinking
a beer and sawing away at the steel bars. Encouragement from the
passing drivers is... encouraged.
Yes, the people move their cars inches at a time
to the border checkpoint a thousand feet away to visit the United
States and derive whatever benefits they can from the visit. And
while they are waiting in line they can watch the drug smugglers
doing their best to hack a holes in the steel and toss packets
of even heroin to accomplices waiting just to the north.
This is not some freak one time a year happening
but a constant occurrence.
Here you can see multiple repairs to the barrier.
If you look closely you can see a car waiting in line to cross
There is not much the U.S. Border Patrol can
do. It is up to the U.S. State Department to protest this flagrant
criminality and making Mexico upset with us is not what the U.S.
State Department wants to do.
This drug / heroin / or even methamphetamine
packet tossing has been going on for a decade.
These repairs are at least five years old.