Well, I don’t, not any more. It’s been twenty years since I visited the lower Rio Grande valley and Brownsville. And an article in Texas Monthly makes me think I wouldn’t recognize it. Sounds like a war zone down there. Is that article accurate, or is it journalistic hype?
Of course, securing the Border has become a major issue for our Country. Sure, politics is involved but illegal entry is causing us problems. My rancher friend near Alice, Texas, lives near a major north-south highway. On a TV monitor he’s watched illegals plunder his freezer. One lady knocked and asked to charge her cell phone. And trucks fleeing from Border Patrol agents have damaged his gate and fences. He’s well aware of the extent of the problem. It hits him personally.
(I asked him if all this increased border security has reduced the number of illegals reaching his ranch. He thinks they’ve found other routes).
I remember the Lower Rio Grande as lazy and tranquil, with little Brownsville across the river from larger Matamoros. Traffic across the two bridges was open; only cursory monitoring of foot and vehicle traffic took place. No more, I guess. The lawlessness that has overtaken Mexico and other Central American countries is terrible.
Here in Athens, Georgia, there was only one Mexican Restaurant back in 1967 (my entrada). Today there are over thirty listed in the phone book and that’s not all, not by a long shot. I’ve taken note – in every little Georgia town large enough to have a caution light, you can count on two things – A Dollar General store, and a Mexican restaurant.
Blockading Brownsville, Texas, isn’t going to help. We’re changing fast, here in Georgia and elsewhere.
October 23, 2014
“There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. That will be the beginning.” – Louis L’Amour.