I conducted another one of my illegal immigra-tion patrols in the Vekol Valley south of I-8 this morning and afternoon. This was the first time out of the last four trips, that the sun was out and it wasn't either cloudy or raining. Despite the favorable weather, there were very few people out there.
Due to a decline in border crossings, we didn’t see any illegal aliens. In reality, I have a better chance of seeing them right in my own neighborhood at the Farmers Convenience Store. The availability of pre-paid phone cards, a pay phone and beer draw them in like flies.
The cattle pond at the old ranch site at the intersection of route 8007 & 8045 is still functional, but murky. This area is often host to illegal aliens. Articles of clothing and trash can be found throughout the area. Shortly after leaving the ranch area, a pair of A10 Thunderbolts a.k.a. “Warthog” made a low altitude pass over us. This sort of thing happens quite frequently.
Photo Essay: Vekol Valley with the Maricopa Off Road Club
The club’s first trip was to the Vekol Valley and Table Top Mountain trailhead. I was fortunate enough to be riding along with the trip’s trail master, Steve.
Vekol Valley is located southwest of Maricopa, and southeast of Gila Bend, south of Interstate 8. Table Top is the prominent flat-topped mountain seen (on a clear day) to the direct south of Maricopa.
Border hoppers often utilize bicycles to cross through the desert. The Border Patrol agents that find them often run over them with their trucks to render them unusable by the next illegal alien that may come across it. This particular one didn't have any brakes. Since desert vegetation is brutal towards tires and tubes, bikes are frequently discarded. The nearby Vekol Ranch has a huge collection of bikes that have been picked up over the years.
Chronicle of the Old West: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
An interesting aside about our visit to Vekol Ranch. The ranch is located about sixty miles from the Mexican border. When we arrived there, we saw stacks of bicycles. Now, I know that some ranchers are using ATVs, but bicycles?
Black one gallon jugs appear to be getting more and more popular. Perhaps, they are harder for Border Patrol agents to spot. It wouldn't surprise me if there's a store right over the border that sell these to potential border crossers. On a previous occasion, I encountered a Quaker State oil jug with a pant leg sewn around it to make a field improvised carrier. I wonder if the oil tainted water tasted better than what the illegal alien was used to drinking at home. Don’t drink the water when in Mexico.
Questions mount over drop in illegal immigrant population
Arizona has seen the sharpest decline in undocumented population of any state, losing 18 percent, or more than 100,000, of its illegal immigrants in 2008, according to a new government report.
Experts agree that the decrease in Arizona's undocumented immigrant population was fueled by the staggering loss of jobs the state experienced during the recession, and that to lesser extent immigration crackdowns also contributed to the decline.
My favorite sign that welcomes me to the Sonoran Desert National Monument now has two bullet holes in it. We can thank criminal Mexicans and a corrupt U.S. government for this additional tax payer expense. If it were not for them, a “travel caution” sign would not be needed at all. Would you feel safe out here as an unarmed and defenseless tourist? There is no cell phone service and the nearest police are at least 30 miles away. Don't come here without a firearm!
"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored" -Aldous Huxley