It is bad enough that there is an illegal wall being constructed in the Gaza strip area alienating and killing the Palestinian people there while people stand around wringing their hands, asking what should be done instead of doing something about it. Yes, it is some miles away but they are people, for God’s sake, and they are starving and being starved out by the U.S. and Israel.
Closer to home base (does that make it more real and important for and to you?) there is a wall being built around U.S. soil (to keep U.S. citizens in OR to keep non-citizens out – ask yourself that!) EXCEPT the U.S. imperialists are actually building it on Mexican soil thus making the situation WORSE as they (DHS – an arm of the U.S. imperialist police force) are STEALING LAND AND TAKING AND OCCUPYING PROPERTIES ILLEGALLY!
But, wait a minute I speak hastily… The U.S. imperialist government IS ACCUSTOMED TO STEALING LAND, SLAUGHTERING INNOCENT PEOPLE AND SEIZING THEIR PROPERTIES – ISN’T THAT WHAT THEY ARE DOING IN IRAQ AND AFGHANISTAN AND NEXT PLAN FOR IRAN??
By Brenda Norrell,
Posted on Thu Feb 7th, 2008 at 01:38:14 AM EST
“A serious problem has resulted from the all powerful program to construct the ‘Wall of Shame’ by the U.S. government in this border,” said concerned residents Teresa Leal and Alejandro Castro in a statement.
The news comes as Homeland Security Michael Chertoff plans to view the SBInet spy towers on the Arizona border on Thursday. Boeing’s spy towers still are not functioning.
Calling it an invasion of Mexico, Leal and Castro said, “In Nogales, Sonora, they have flagrantly moved the International Boundary obelisk, which marks the boundary of our national geography in the area of Las Mariposas, about 3 kilometers west of the Gate No. 3.”
Castro said, “We believe that the United States is invading the private and public land on the Mexico side of the International Boundary, to build this horrible steel wall. This is an unlawful act and an act of hostility toward a sovereign nation and the Mexican people as a whole.”
Speaking to a delegation of observers, he said, “The landowners of Sonora, Mexico need you to carry this message to the people of the U.S., so that they will hear the truth about the aggressive acts of their government and the breakage of international laws.”
Contacted for a response, the Tucson sector of Homeland Security/US Border Patrol said that a response would be forthcoming.
Meanwhile, ranchers in the area said the traditional barbed wire fence which has existed in the rural area of the international border for generations was eliminated and replaced by a new fence, approximately 20 meters south of the former Mexico-U.S. fenceline.
“The border marker obelisks, put in place after the signing of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo in 1848, were also removed and painted white when the rest of the obelisks are a silver color. There are signs of fresh cement and next to that is the deep trench dug to position and erect the thick, steel wall,” Leal and Castro said. On January 27, 2008, Leal and Castro took a delegation to the International Boundary site. This delegation included Margo Tamez, Lipan Apache, Jumano Apache, Hawk Tamez Mendoza, Lipan Apache, Jumano Apache, Michael Paul Hill, San Carlos Apache and Dr. Joni Adamson from Mesa.
The delegation reported the testimony from indigenous workers employed by local ranchers. They said their lands are currently under occupation by the US Department of Homeland Security. “Indigenous workers gave testimonials which affirmed the analysis of local residents of Nogales, Sonora. This testimony is now shedding light on eminent domain procedures occurring in Mexico, providing illegitimate occupancy to the Department of Homeland Security, and displacing local land-owners without their consent or prior knowledge,” the delegation said.
“Why is the United States taking this land from the people of Mexico?” asked Hawk Tamez Mendoza, 13, a student at St. John’s Public School in the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa, North Dakota community.
Leal and Castro said, “No Mexican official has met with the International authorities or commented on the situation at this writing. It is expected to change when the International Boundary and Water Commission provides information regarding this matter and grave concern regarding the U.S. entry into Mexican soil by 20 meters, an act which is, according to the plaques on the obelisks, ‘a severe penalty’ of international law.”
They said ranchers were obviously upset because the company began work without any notice or information and continued with “an invasion of Mexico.”
Earlier, a similar situation occurred east of here on the US/Mexico border, when the US constructed a portion of the border wall on Mexico’s soil. The US relocated the border wall in a multi-million dollar project.
“It is hoped that in this situation they will act in the same way, because otherwise one could say that that it is an expropriation of several square kilometers of Mexican space,” Leal and Castro said.