February 19th, 2009
02:57 PM ET

Border drug war is too close for comfort

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Scott Kraft
Los Angeles Times

The day began gently here on the U.S.-Mexico border. The cold, starry sky gave way to the orange smile of a sunrise.

Over at the Pancho Villa Cafe, short-order cook Maria Gutierrez whipped up her egg and chopped tortilla special. Down the street, Martha Skinner, still in her housecoat, brewed a pot of coffee for guests at her bed and breakfast. Her husband, the local judge, walked two blocks to his courtroom to hear the week's entire caseload: one pet owner cited for keeping her dog chained up, another for allowing her dog off-leash.

Columbus, a settlement of 1,800 people clinging to a wind-swept patch of high desert in southern New Mexico, was a picture of tranquillity.


Filed under: 360° Radar • Border fence
soundoff (2 Responses)
  1. Mike, Zephyrhills, FL

    Drug Trade,..

    I can not understand why the drugs get into our nation. We seem to stop everything else and want free trade.

    Opium I here flys into Chicago from Afghanistan daily and is allowed.
    Laredo , TX has whole semi trailers full of it coming across daily, and allowed. I can go on and on from guys I know who have retired from key positions. If we didnt they said allow most of it here, Americans would get sober and want real jobs. Also civil unrest in other parts of the world would endanger our Soldiers and security.

    No different why we cant get rid of around 300 Gitmo guys , same idea!!! Effect NAtional Security, Man are we sad bunch of saps!

    February 19, 2009 at 8:23 pm |
  2. GF, Los Angeles

    If this country would stop pandering to illegals, towns like Columbus would not have to worry about them moving in. Why are homes being sold to people without proof they're citizens first? The anchor baby law has got to go as well. Why are my tax dollars supporting the education of an illegal just because the child was born here? If this country made it difficult for illegals to live here, they'd go home. Cut the welfare, medical aid and jobs and we wouldn't have to build fences to keep them out.

    February 19, 2009 at 7:00 pm |