[Paleopsych] CNN: Border emergency declared in New Mexico
shovland at mindspring.com
Tue Aug 16 00:06:28 UTC 2005
I don't think either the Democrats or Republicans
have a populist approach to this.
From: Lynn D. Johnson, Ph.D. [SMTP:ljohnson at solution-consulting.com]
Sent: Monday, August 15, 2005 8:30 AM
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Subject: Re: [Paleopsych] CNN: Border emergency declared in New Mexico
This morning, Wall Street Journal weighed in:
Their take: Democrats may have an issue against republicans that will
resonate with the ordinary people who fear their culture and jobs are
Premise Checker wrote:
> Border emergency declared in New Mexico - Aug 12, 2005
> [On the other hand, this was not reported in the New York Times,
> either. Google News returns only ten sources for this. Lou Dobbs
> interviewed the governor last night.
> [So how *do* you distinguish good from bogus information on the
> Governor says area 'devastated' by human and drug smuggling
> (CNN) -- New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson declared a state of emergency
> Friday in four counties along the Mexican border that he said have
> been "devastated" by crimes such as the smuggling of drugs and illegal
> The declaration said the region "has been devastated by the ravages
> and terror of human smuggling, drug smuggling, kidnapping, murder,
> destruction of property and the death of livestock. ...
> "[It] is in an extreme state of disrepair and is inadequately funded
> or safeguarded to protect the lives and property of New Mexican
> New Mexico shares 180 miles of border with the Mexican state of
> "The situation is out of hand," Richardson said Friday night on CNN,
> noting that one 54-mile stretch is particularly bad.
> The Mexican government issued a statement in which it acknowledged the
> problems along the border, but said it continues to make consistent
> efforts to target them along with U.S. authorities.
> It said some of Richardson's views stem from "generalizations that do
> not correspond to the spirit of cooperation and understanding that are
> required for dealing with problems of common concern along the
> Richardson's declaration makes $750,000 in state emergency funds
> available to Dona Ana, Luna, Grant and Hidalgo counties.
> Richardson pledged an additional $1 million in assistance for the
> area, his office said in a news release.
> He said on CNN that the funds will be used to hire additional law
> enforcement personnel and pay officers overtime.
> In announcing the state of emergency, Richardson -- a Democrat who
> served in President Clinton's Cabinet -- criticized the "total
> inaction and lack of resources from the federal government and
> Congress" in helping protect his state's residents along the border.
> "There's very little response from the Border Patrol," he said on CNN.
> "They're doing a good job, but they don't have the resources."
> The governor announced the move after a helicopter and ground tour of
> the border near Columbus, New Mexico, the statement said.
> He said on CNN that he "saw the trails where these illegal routes take
> place" as well as fenced areas along the border where the fence is
> "literally nonexistent."
> According to Richardson's statement announcing the declaration,
> "Recent developments have convinced me this action is necessary --
> including violence directed at law enforcement, damage to property and
> livestock, increased evidence of drug smuggling, and an increase in
> the number of undocumented immigrants."
> He called on Mexico to "bulldoze the abandoned town of Las Chepas,
> which is directly over the border from Columbus."
> The statement went on to say that "Las Chepas is a notorious staging
> and resting area for those who smuggle drugs and immigrants into the
> United States."
> Some of the pledged funds will be used to create a field office for
> the New Mexico Office of Homeland Security to focus specifically on
> the border.
> There will also be new efforts to protect livestock in the area near
> Columbus, "along a favorite path for illegal immigration where a
> number of livestock have been stolen and killed," the statement said.
> Richardson said he wanted residents of the four counties "to know my
> administration is doing everything it can to protect them."
> Alejandro Cano, secretary of industrial development for the Mexican
> state of Chihuahua -- which borders New Mexico -- pledged to support
> Richardson's efforts, the statement said.
> Richardson told CNN he met with Mexican governors several weeks ago on
> border security.
> "My people on my side asked me to take this step, and I've done so
> reluctantly," Richardson told CNN. "As governor, I have to protect the
> people I represent."
> He noted he is the nation's only Hispanic governor, and "we're a state
> that's been very good to legal migrants. ... This action, I believe,
> had to be taken."
> The Mexican Foreign Ministry sent Richardson a letter Friday saying it
> has requested that Mexican consuls in Albuquerque and El Paso, Texas,
> meet "as soon as possible" with New Mexico officials "to promote
> pertinent action by the authorities of both countries in the framework
> of existing institutional mechanisms."
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