Occasionally I peek in on some of my wife’s reality shows on television. When I saw the Border Patrol in action my adventurous interest was kindled. In the field, the Border Patrol agents were capturing entire bales of marijuana by apprehending “mules” as they are called. When I sat down to watch, the scene shifted to reveal hundreds of pounds of illegal drugs being intercepted at the borders. Agents were ripping vehicles apart and removing an astonishing number of drug packets. The agency’s state of the art detection equipment was astounding to watch in action. One X-ray apparatus searched inside an eighteen wheeler in a matter of minutes.
The agents themselves seem almost to have developed X-ray vision. Ladies of the night were being singled out and captured with belly bands of illegal drugs tucked beneath their clothing. One particular lady looked like she might have weighed 240 pounds. Before she was led away it still looked as if a terrible mistake was being made. I never noticed a thing! Then the Border Patrol’s search team sprang into action and they began handing out packages of captured drugs to the male officer on the outside. A few minutes later the screen showed that same lady of the night emerge, and it didn’t look like she could weigh much more than 110 pounds.
Statistics began to be spouted, and we were told in an innocent voice by the commentator that these ladies were being returned to Mexico. Apparently this was their only punishment.
One significant capture was of a bus driver. An agency dog had sniffed out a package of black tar heroin. The bus driver was put in a cell, still protesting his innocence. However, we were told the court system subsequently found him guilty and the driver had been fined $3,537!
If he was innocent, there was no way he could pay that much of a fine! So what would happen to him? Why he would be returned to Mexico. A tragic fate, of course. But somehow it did not seem adequate, as a deterrent. Either way, a lot of time, effort and money had just been wasted.
No statistics were offered on how many mules had just walked on through, that we had not captured. The show gave good reason for wonder. One capture, as the records showed, had been across our border at that checkpoint three times in the past three months. So they put the guy in a cell, and did some more checking. It seems that he had crossed the border in several other places during that same time frame. So, how many mules were not caught? How many simply walked on through? Reason declares that if our Border Patrol has a 100% successful detection rate that this flow would naturally grind to a halt until some other delivery system can be devised.
We are just playing games with these people. “Let’s see how many we can catch, then we will set them free so they can try it again.”
I have a suggestion for the U.S. Attorney General. On some of these people, why not stop the search process just as soon as the contraband is spotted? Then let the mules go on through, rejoicing that they have fooled our Border Patrol. But let the BATF follow them up — and capture the BUYERS in the United States who are profiting most from this delivery system. If we capture and prosecute the buyers of this contraband then the constant flow of mules across our open borders will naturally dwindle.