“Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.”
Un Bossed reports of “Girls Gone Border Patrol” or how teenagers are patroling the Mexican border, arresting immigrants, and even learning to raid houses and fire guns and hunt people.
For teens on the American side of Naco, the border is a means of security — and even a potential career opportunity. But below the line, in Naco, Mexico, the border is the subject of hatred. For Mexican teens developing an identity and a sense of their place in the world, it represents a constant slap in the face — and, in their eyes, the ultimate double standard. It keeps friends and family on opposite sides of the fence from visiting each other, while ensuring that the Mexican half of Naco is forever abloom with border crossers and drug smugglers.
How truly sad. Nobody denies the implicit right to security and self defense, although Mexican immigration is nothing whatsoever like the Israeli Palestinian situation. Security is too strong a word, even with hard drugs being smuggled. The people at most risk are those crossing the border under the cover of night, or hidden away in the trunk of a vehicle.
The free trade agreements we’ve signed (NAFTA and GATT primarily) demand the free flow of not only goods, but services as well. Americans enjoy the benefit of cheap migrant labor – it’s true that New Orleans is being rebuilt by Mexicans – but are not living up to their obligation and commitment to allow for the open movement of labor across borders.