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Re: “Luck and Fear

Living in this part of New Mexico as a third generation rancher we have seen changes and the decline of the quality of people for a number of years who have crossed the border illegally. Toils from the labor force coming across the border have built a part of this country and also rewarded the illegal aliens with monetary gain for them and their families in Mexico. Nearly all of the workers of this era were kind and honest. Many area residents did not lock dwellings or have fear safety. This scenario has changed dramatically in the past decade.

We have faced rough times with the crossing of people on the U.S. Mexico Border. Illegal aliens murdered two Rodeo, New Mexico area residents in there home in the early 1980; these illegal were never caught much less prosecuted. Thieves, murderers, child molesters, drug smugglers, and the human traffickers are now the norm for today and will be worse in the future. This trend of criminal human traffic is not getting better with time. The apprehension of these border crossers has increased dramatically. More and more people from other foreign lands are being apprehended. People from many countries including China others from the Middle East as well as from way far south of our U.S. borders are included in the apprehensions. The guides or coyotes have learned the way to cross this border undetected by using the vast open space and the two large mountain ranges as cover and routes. The coyotes extort large amounts of money from the people seeking a better life in the United States time just abandoning them in the United States if travel becomes hard due to dehydration, sickness or if Border Patrol is closing in.

Law enforcement is at best after the fact if the illegal border crossers are not apprehended at the border. Many miles from the border our homes are invaded, vehicles are stolen and property is destroyed on a daily occurrence. These crimes are reported, every effort is made to apprehend the criminal, but in many cases the criminal(s) are not apprehended. In most, if not all cases, no evidence is gathered, the crime is documented by statement from the victim with no physical evidence as fingerprints or possible DNA recorded from the crime scene. With no recorded evidence from the scene the criminal is free to commit more crimes and is never linked back to any of the previous crimes. Unless some sort of investigative team is created that can secure a crime scene gather the available evidence, place it in record in the national data base many of these criminal will have the opportunity to become hardened into the system and go on for years although apprehended will have no evidence against them and not prosecuted for the crimes that have been committed. These teams will have to be able to work with all law enforcement and have the ability to work in Arizona and New Mexico.

With two circuit courts in close proximity, both that are overloaded with cases, one circuit court prosecuting most of the cases and incarcerating, the other not prosecuting criminals, and deporting. The prisons are filled almost to capacity budgets are strained it is difficult to manage all of these cases. Without prosecution a criminal they do not feel the hardship that should be imposed for committing a felony crime much less a misdemeanor.

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Posted by WC MILLER on 02/06/2010 at 8:11 PM

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