Western Arizona, Part 1
The western Arizona border area is under the
control of the United States Border Patrol Yuma Sector. The Sector's
western boundary runs just inside the California state line and
then eastward to include the United States Marine Corps' huge
Barry M. Goldwater bombing range. The vast open spaces make for
easy traversal by illegal aliens and drug smugglers. When strings
of illegal aliens and drug smugglers enter the training ranges
all training must stop. Our soldier's lives are being put at risk
because they can't train with illegal aliens and smugglers on
the ranges -- about 60 days a year are lost.
equipped with night vision equipment now block the illegal alien's
path. While ungainly on the ground they become true oddities when
The larger of these devices can carry three agents.
While "sitting duck" might come to mind, each of these
observation posts is fully armored and will stop even armor piercing
bullets. The glass is five inches thick. These boxes weigh even
13,500 pounds. The Agents are safe.
image to the left is of a watchtower
The manufacturer has an interesting and detailed
Rolling your mouse over the image will show you
the interior of a less robust version of the tower looking across
the Colorado River at Yuma, Arizona during a small sandstorm.
Just to the south of Yuma is the town of San Luis,
Sonora, Mexico. The town is a jumping off point for smugglers
of all types. Unfortunately, the town also is home to those supporting
the interesting business of scavanging
explosives from unexploded ordnance on U.S. bombing ranges.
The US Border Patrol must use specially protected
vehicles along this part of the border. Five pound rocks and even
Molotov cocktails are used by the illegal aliens in their attacks
upon the Agents.
Just a few miles east of the California / Arizona
border is a gray granite "spine" -- a low mountain range.
The effects of thousands of years of sand laden wind have pockmarked
these mountains with shallow caves. Dozens of Mexican lookouts
habituate these tiny caves and warn the lines of illegal aliens
and convoys of drug smugglers of any Border Patrol Agents nearby.
It seems that the explosives scavengers operate on their own.
Gangs of illegal aliens enter the United States
from San Luis and return with high explosives for later use. Illegal
alien smugglers operate here too and have lookouts hidden in mountain
caves. Lastly, drug smugglers race north night and day in convoys
even ten pickup trucks long.