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Voice: Just give Border Patrol pogo sticks

April 17, 2001

I have a great deal of admiration for the courage and intestinal fortitude of the Mexican people who try to make it safely across the border in search of a better life for themselves and their families. I sympathize with them for their plight and position life has dealt them. But there must be a better way to achieve their goal and that must come from their own government.

I think the water caches to aid the illegal immigrants in the desert is a good idea if they can find them before it's too late. But when I think of installing ropes across the All-American Canal the words of Albert Einstein come to mind, "There are only two things that are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I'm not sure of the former."

Maybe we should distribute leaflets in Mexico showing the location of water caches, locations of the ropes and a timetable when the Border Patrol drives by; or to level the playing field we should take away the Border Patrol's vehicles and give them unicycles or pogo sticks or, better still, why not open the gates at the "drops" and let them walk across. Why should they have to get wet? They might catch cold, or flu, pneumonia or scurvy, or beriberi, or whatever.

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I think John Hunter needs another marble or two to even be in the game and that doesn't speak well for the Imperial Irrigation District directors who are going along with his ill-considered, cockeyed plans. Is he advocating civil disobedience by aiding and abetting those breaking our immigration laws?

JACK V. ADLER

El Centro

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