Mexican Government Running US Immigration Policy-Part I
This is the first in a series of interviews with former US Border Patrol Supervisor David J. Stoddard. Mr. Stoddard spent 27 years in the Border Patrol and served in Calexico, California, Vermont, Yuma, Tucson Sector Headquarters and Naco, Arizona. He also worked in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other locations.
Stoddard provided testimony about immigration reform to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner’s (R-WI) House Subcommittee on Immigration and Claims in 1999 and a Congressional subcommittee on Criminal Justice, Drug Policy and Human Resources in 2002. He has also been a guest on multiple nationally broadcast Radio and television programs, including Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor”.
The information contained in the answers given by Stoddard, regarding the influence of the Mexican government on US Immigration Policy at our Southern border and beyond, is shocking. Stoddard’s field and management experience make him uniquely qualified as an expert on illegal immigration. His observations and, subsequent, contentions are that our US Border Patrol and our borders are increasingly under the control of a foreign power—the Mexican government.
Sher: “David, first of all I’d like to thank you for taking the time to conduct this interview. As you were with the Border Patrol for 27 years, 18 of them as a supervisor, the real problems surrounding illegal immigration that you can bring to the table is crucial to the American public. Can you give us some information on your background and why you view the illegal immigration invasion as one of the biggest problems the US now faces?”
David: “I have lived and or worked on the border all my life. I have friends and relatives on both sides of the border. I have traveled all through Mexico so my knowledge of the people and the culture is above that of the average border resident. I consider illegal immigration a real and immediate threat to our society simply because of its immense dimension and the depth to which we are taking in the bad elements of foreign societies…to the detriment to the well being and safety of regular Americans.
“We are letting in criminals, subversives, the insane, the diseased and the poverty stricken, uneducated and helpless of the world and all of these mentioned categories become a burden to America’s middle class. We are experiencing an invasion, a “reconquista”, if you will, designed and orchestrated by the Mexican government. America’s immigration laws were set in place to protect the American public. The American public is being victimized by our own government through its pandering to the cheap labor, ethnic identity groups and victimology groups in our society.”
Sher: “With the US having essentially authorized “open borders” for decades, we’re now experiencing both an unchecked onslaught of millions of people and the seeming dissolution of our national security—during time of war—at our Southern border. So, I’d also like to jump right into it. You’ve said that the “Mexican Consulate dictates the policy of the US Border Patrol”. You also said that Mexican Consulates now have offices in many US Border Patrol stations. These intrusions seem to go far beyond the authorizations contained in the 1993 UN Vienna Declaration. Would you elaborate on these and tell us how this came about?”
David: “I thought it was the 1963 agreement. But I’ll take your word for it. Because the U.S. Government is so eager to please foreign interests, particularly Mexican interests, Border patrol managers allow the Mexican Consulates to intrude far beyond the requirements of the treaties. There is no requirement under the treaties that the Consuls have access to aliens before they are interrogated, processed or even that the Consuls have access to Law Enforcement facilities. The agreement is simply that if an alien requests to speak to the respective Consul that they are allowed to do so. I think there is also a provision that the Consuls be notified of any injured aliens. The Border Patrol has gone far beyond these requirements in that Mexican Consular officials are allowed to solicit complaints from aliens, even when the aliens had no previous complaints.”
Sher: “I have to admit that I was chilled when you told me about the constraints placed on Border Patrol agents, when pursuing illegals crossing the border in vehicles. And I was particularly shocked by their inability to protect themselves due to the official “shooting policy”. Would you tell us what’s contained in these policies?”
David: “In a nutshell, the Border Patrol is not allowed to pursue vehicles they know to contain dope or illegal aliens except under very limited circumstances and then only by permission of a supervisor who usually is sitting behind a desk in an air-conditioned office.
“These officers are hired because they can exercise good judgment and then they are not allowed to do so. The same thing applies to the shooting policy. Officers are not allowed to return fire, even when they are in a remote isolated area and then only under limited circumstances. The old shooting policy was that deadly force can be used if the officer feels that the life of himself, his partner or an innocent third party was in danger. It was up to the officer to justify his actions. Now the officer is required to put his life at risk in fear of “violating” the shooting policy.
“Any shooting that may anger the Mexican government, such as returning fire across the border is almost unheard of.”
Sher: “You told me about incidents, involving both human and drug trafficking, that occur regularly in the Huachuca Mountains and one particular one that occurred at Arizona’s Sierra Vista airport. From your comments it strongly appears that the US’ policy is to ignore these traffickers because they might be “hurt” of they’re pursued. What is this all about?”
David: “Again, it is in capitulation to input or “complaints” of the Mexican government. Perhaps too many illegal Mexicans were hurting themselves running from the Border Patrol. In any event any incident that the Mexican government objects to is modified to comply to Mexico’s demands in future operations. Supposedly this is for “humanitarian” reasons or somehow construed to be “immigrant rights”.”
Sher: “What is the real story surrounding two Mexican Consulate employees who impersonated US Border Patrol agents, in order to retrieve an illegal from a San Diego hospital?”
David: “In a nutshell, Mexican officials impersonated Border Patrol Agents and checked a smuggler out of the hospital and returned the smuggler to Mexico and thwarted his prosecution by U.S. authorities. If this had been done by one of us, we would have been prosecuted for impersonating a federal officer. The Mexican government has special immunity.”
Sher: “Would you explain the Mexican government’s illegal immigrants’ “repatriation agreement” with the US and why it’s not working?”
David: “The agreement is that an illegal Mexican alien may not be repatriated into interior Mexico unless both the alien and the Mexican government agree. And, in instances when there is agreement, a Mexican airline must be used for transportation.”
Sher: “From what you’ve told me, I understand that US Border Patrol agents are subject to greater penalties for violating Border Patrol policies (as dictated by Mexico) than they are if charged for alleged violent crimes. I also understand that BP agents have been warned not to speak to any members of the press.”
David: “That is all true. A “violation of policy” offense calls for immediate disciplinary action to include dismissal. One of those policies is not to talk to any member of the press without prior approval.”
Sher: “You’ve kept close ties to many of your former colleagues. What are they telling you about the “reconquista” movement that seems to be growing amongst illegals in the US?”
David: “They are talking about how “anchor babies” are coming of age and being hired by the Border Patrol. Many of them are now in management positions and their loyalties are to Mexico and the Mexican government. Some of them have difficulty speaking and writing English. This is not surprising since the Border Patrol exam is given in Spanish.”
Sher: “I can’t end this first portion of the interview without asking for your take on President Bush’s Monday night immigration policy speech. What did you think of it?”
David: “Bush’s speech was designed to lubricate his amnesty/guestworker plan through Congress. It was capitulation to the Mexican government and cheap labor and all the groups I previously mentioned. Bush is deaf to middle class America.”
Sher Zieve is a long-time syndicated columnist who generally writes columns of a politically Conservative and Constitutional nature. She also interviews notable people with an interesting and/or newsworthy story to tell. These include politicians, writers, activists and others in the news. Her work has been and continues to be carried by both national and international publications. Sher appears regularly on national talk shows.