Closing the Welcome Mat?

‘South of the Border Down Mexico Way’

By Harry M. Covert

         Can there be any doubt the matter of illegal aliens, now described as undocumented people, continues to exacerbate and befuddle governments all over the place?

            The awful situation “south of the border down Mexico way” is gaining by leaps and bounds. The men and women policing and patrolling the borders have the toughest and thankless jobs; there’s no relief in sight.

Government agencies are looking for accommodations to house the young children and older ones.  Searching involves any available facilities in all states, including Virginia, Maryland and elsewhere in the Middle Atlantic, and along the Eastern seaboard. Objections en masse are louder and louder throughout California, Texas, Arizona and New Mexico.

            It’s not going to get better. Whether healthy or not, the influx effects everybody and no one should be surprised to find various locales feeding and housing the “runaways.” Many faith agencies are trying to help.


             It is a good sign that Sheriff Chuck Jenkins of Frederick County, Md., was invited to visit McAllen, Texas, to examine the southwest invasion and maybe find some solutions. He was among a select group of sheriffs from Massachusetts, North Carolina, Illinois, Oregon, New Mexico and Arizona.

          Eventually, Sheriff’s Departments and police agencies in municipal and state jurisdictions will be faced with the ongoing problem. It is indeed a mess of mass proportions.

            Those who have visited Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador realize why they want to stream to the “Land of Opportunity.”

            Poverty is not new and remains unbelievable throughout Central America. They have nothing to lose. They are hungry daily, they are uneducated and mostly without hope. Of course, some education in birth control could be a great help but the ruckus that would bring probably wouldn’t be worth the hassle. The professional talkers would beat us all up as ingrates and heathens.


            Where in Virginia, Maryland and even the District of Columbia, could 10,000 or so illegals find homes? In Virginia’s Fauquier County, Upperville, Alexandria, Arlington, Beaverdam, Bedford or Charlottesville?

            Matters of goodness, fairness and public financing of the “visitors” are becoming even more turbulent.

            Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Border Patrol are required to implement the U. S. Code. States are required to do the same as well as their state laws.

            There are numerous ICE detention facilities throughout the Middle Atlantic States and the nation. Facilities are always filled to capacity.


            The tragedy unfolding must not be compared to the immigrants landing at Ellis Island in the last century.

            With all of the issues facing the nation and local jurisdictions solutions must be found to stop the intruders. The problem is squarely in the hands of the federal government, and, I don’t like to write it, but congress.

                Many people will describe the illegal dilemma as looking for the Promised Land. Actually, it’s more like escapism. As usual, the USA keeps paying and finding the cash at the expense of suffering military veterans, overloaded taxpayers and burdened college students and graduates who can’t pay their loans.

            Few young job seekers are able to have multimillion dollar contracts to play professional sports or even go to the games.

            I’m anxious to see if Sheriff Jenkins can have an evanescent moment and solve the problem. He is a member of the National Sheriffs Association.

            Another thought, have the U. S. Army guard the borders. Oh, there is a thing called “posse comitatus.” Soldiers can’t be used as police unless martial law or a national emergency is declared.

            It is a good idea, though. ±