A Gringo in Rural Mexico
The voice from the Sierra Madre Oriental and the entrance to our Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre
Sunday, 16 April 2017
Rio Grande Valley is unusually quiet as Southwest border crossings drop to lowest point in at least 17 years
It is not exactly true that all the "refugees" and "migrants" come North under the control by the "cartels". The exodus that the folks saw take place during the Summer of 2015, for instance, was caused specifically because of the interruption by the Mexican Army and the Mexican Naval Infantry. having significantly beaten down and organizationally disorganized, the "cartels" in the east of Mexico had degenerated into disparate groups of
semi-organized, inefficient gangs. They began to look and act more like racketeers.
During these moments, most of the people arriving at the edge of the Rio Grande, then crossing into Texas, almost immediately began to demand (in their great majority) first, to be arrested, and second, to be transported to a place of their choice elsewhere in the United States, "where we have relatives working". They had been taught that by "religious workers" back in the home country, and then reinforced in that mode of thinking by Catholic Charities workers here in the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas (McAllen / Brownsville area).
The Border Patrol agent was either wrong in ma
king that statement or was trying to find out if the respondent would stay on top of her story. If anything, the vast majority of the people who arrived before, during the past three years, went through a
"beating line" (running the gamut) of several local gangs on their way up, but only within a day's foot or train or hitching journey from the Guatemalan border. After the city of Vera Cruz, their ride was frequently on a first-class bus (not deluxe), or a similar, but not quite as fancy and more of an "all-stops" 2nd Class bus. But it was a comfortable run, not a "chicken and goat bus" as is normally depicted in American movies. As the "migrants" and "refugees" came North, they would
encounter information from others who were heading back South.
La Quinta Tesoro de la Sierra Madre
I live in Mexico on a bit more than part-time. Our family has been active
in business in Mexico since the 1880s.
We own an adobe home that we built in a beautiful,
remote area about 220 miles into the
interior of Mexico. We use it as a family retreat.
We also receive visitors who come to
njoy the bird and animal watching, the tranquility,
and the beer, margaritas, meals, and
attentions we normally provide.
It must be understood that, of the females, at least three-fourths who came up, between the ages of 12 - 40 were pregnant. When they presented "dependent children", perhaps half of the time the children pertained to the woman presenting them as her off-spring. People in Honduras, especially, essentially rent or sell their children to accompany the north-bound woman, in an excercise of symbiotic convenience.
People, normally women and very young children, would arrive at water's edge on the Rio Grande in the Mission - Sharyland - McAllen area and engage a "chalan" or some semblance of a watercraft that is normally hand paddled or paddle paddled over to the Texas side of
Riio Grande. The "
cruceros" then return to the other side as quickly as possible, and it is there where they might have to face the music from the cartel slugs. Those individuals show up after the "cruceros" have been paid, and the cartel guys will take all or a significant part.
The cartel people are much more well organised, but one must recognise during these days
that they take immense losses to the Mexican military (dead, wounded, and loss of merchandise) and on the "other side" mules being detained and arrested and their cargo confiscated. The cartel operations
cross in small boats, jet-skis, inner-tubes, etc. large amounts of drugs and marijuana. That is their business. The women coming with tales of abusive husbands, terror caused by gangs, and all the horrible things....are telling the truth to some extent...albeit minor. Most of the "refugees" are coming to find the
Fountain of Plenty....AFDC, Section 8, food stamps, Medicaid, and a score of other special programmes they receive...because once a "refugee" whelps on American soil, she cannot be deported because she is the only support for her baby, and the baby is an "American Citizen" even if in name only. He cannot be deported, and the mother is his/her only source of sustenance. That is the game. Please do not doubt this. These are not the Mexicans (legal and otherwise) of the 1930s - 1960s who were almost totally benign or positive
to the general population.
The sad thing is, these women are quickly caught up in the MS13 mess....and the other minor-league Central American cobwebs of drugs-prostitution-money laundering-murder-extortion-and chaotic social non-adaptation. They are in no wise "refugees" nor "immigrants". It is simply a shake-down of Uncle Sam and what the Democrats think will be a well-spring of votes in short order. The Republicans speak in muffled tones because of where their heads are anatomically placed. So nothing is done.
Mexican "self-deportation" has worked to the extent that more adult non-American citizen Mexicans have returned to Mexico without prompting than have "gone North" during the past 12 months, especially if their visitors' or work visas have lapsed. Mexico has a pronounced labour shortage. Three to five time minimum wage with benefits is not uncommon at these moments f
or semi-skilled and especially "skilled" blue-collar people.
I could go on forever. But reporters and the anti-Mexican commentators, and the anti-American commentators, on
screeds of the Obsolete Press and their acolytes, just sadden and bore me. The inability to do critical thinking is a cancer that has defeated the American....and Mexican....ethos. The folks at the LA Times send reporters down who magnet onto the Frida leftist movement, and declare American attitudes, free enterprise, and capitalism is at fault for everything.
Another form of
Imperialism, for instance, frequently intoning the shibboleth "just look at what the "blockade" did to Cuba and its people!" they declare without regard to the falsity of the argument. They send back bilge to print in their magazines and newspapers, which are less and less frequently read, but with which they have accord, because they are of the same anti-normalcy, anti-American, anti-"rich people" mentality that are now being vomited out of to-day's marxist and "liberation theology" colleges and universities, public and private.
God help you all. I am your friend. Since my father was in the Horse Cavalry (Headquarters Squadron, 12th Regiment (mounted), Ist Cavalry Division, serving primarily on the frontier between Mexico and the Texas) I feel obliged, willingly, to oppose the stupid wall proposed by Trump. There are many better ways to secure the border.
Also, please be advised, that if you stop by our little adobe hut you will be well treated. But...what you see about any and all of this issue in the modern "press" is goat vomit. I am an ultra-rightwing, Republican since 1952, grandfather, father, inter-ethnic marriage (English-Spanish), college graduate, Honourably Discharged, traditionalist Episcopalian, losing blood relatives on both side of the War Between the States, bi-lingual curmudgeon....the classic un-complicated man.
I would pray that you would be led into a true reportage of the matters facing the border, America, Mexico, and Canada, and humanity. We thank you for your time and patience.
El Gringo Viejo.
David Christian Newton
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