Security at the US border is in a tenuous position. Many Americans feel unsafe, but so do many Mexicans, as evidenced by the fact that poor Mexicans are buying stolen razor wire and are using it to protect their homes according to a report:
Whatever adjectives you might use to describe a border wall ― “big” or perhaps even “beautiful” ― “readily stolen” is not likely one of them.
Unnamed Mexican officials told San Diego’s KUSI-TV that 15 to 20 people have been arrested for stealing concertina wire from the U.S.-Mexico border and selling it to security-minded homeowners in Tijuana.
U.S. troops installed the fencing in November 2018 at the urging of President Donald Trump, who was concerned about a “caravan” of migrants.
“We have detected that the barbed wire that was installed in the border area is no longer there,” Marco Antonio Sotomayor Amezcua, the secretary of public safety in Tijuana, confirmed to the San Diego Union-Tribune. “We know about the stealing of the concertina [wire] from United States authorities who have asked us for help through the liaison staff.”
Though Mexican authorities told the Union-Tribune that those arrested were mostly Mexican citizens, one Tijuana resident who had the wire installed said the man who sold it to her sure didn’t seem Mexican.
The woman, identified as “Veronica,” told the newspaper El Sol de Tijuana that the man had blue eyes, blonde hair, and didn’t speak Spanish well.
The residents paid 40 pesos to have the razor-sharp fencing material installed outside their homes, reported Tijuana’s XEWT-12 TV. That’s equivalent to $2.10. (source, source)
Now there are several ways to look at this story. One is the obvious- “Mexicans are stealing our wall materials, why doesn’t Trump do something, etc.” that is but one of many rallying calls for contemporary nationalists.
However, consider another point of view, which is first that the US doesn’t want to do anything because it is for economic and political reasons that persons without proper documentation are being allowed into the nation, all to the direct knowledge and permission of the government. This active plan, which has been a part of US foreign policy for decades, has directly facilitated the current instability on the border and prevents it from getting better.
Now having considered this, and certainly not to justify stealing at all, but the fact that poor Mexican people would purchase stolen razor wire to put it on their homes for personal protection from criminal behavior in the area says something about not only the state of security caused by the manufactured instability. It is behavior that affects not just people in America, but also in Mexico who are of good will.
This is not an issue of one side against another, but about a larger principle of how the intentional manipulation of other nations in the name of power and political games has real-world consequences. Simply “building the wall” is not going to stop the issue because a wall is as only as good as the person who guards its gates, and if the government entrusted to guard the wall wants its gates open, then it will bring about the same results as before.
Perhaps what needs to be addressed first, and is a matter that will not be addressed, is that the people of the US genuinely are in love with evil ideas and behaviors. This is not to say that one cannot or should not take actions to address the many problems that plague the US, including the border issue, but to say that actions are a product of beliefs, and a man’s beliefs are shaped by his thoughts and choices, and he alone is responsible for them.
If one wants to truly help the crisis on the border, one would be better served addressing the core issues which have caused the crisis in the first place, which is not “those Mexicans over there,” but the intentional, direct, open manipulation of the American political system by men in the financial and industrial sectors who care nothing for the good of their people and who are able to do what they do because of the willing apathy and a desire to commit the same immorality among the general population.
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