This blog post is a collection of pictures taken by border agents on horseback. The pictures show the controversial and sometimes humorous process of securing the borders. The purpose of this blog post is to highlight these images as well as to share some information about them with you, so that you can better understand why they are important. All
of these photos with the exception of one show border agents doing their job.
The U.S.-Mexican Border spans approximately 1,950 miles and includes 6 legal checkpoints for entry into the United States. There are only 5 roads leading to Mexico from California; four of these lead through a port-of-entry (POE) and one (Highway 111) is an unrestricted road in which U.S. Customs and Border Protection only conducts inspections when probable cause has been established. The POE at Highway 111 in Tecate, California is not within sight of the border fence and therefore cannot be plainly seen from the Mexican side nor from federal lands along the border such as the Jacumba Wilderness. The POE at Highway 86 in Calexico, California is west of the All-American Canal and therefore cannot be seen from either the Mexican side nor federal lands along the border such as Smuggler’s Gulch. The POE at Andrade, California is south of a canal that cuts through the border and cannot be seen from the Mexican side. The POE at San Ysidro, California is in a built-up and populated area where hiding would be difficult and therefore not an attractive location for potential border jumpers.
As of January 5, 2012, according to the U.S. Department of State’s International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, there are 13 major illicit drug producing, processing or transit zones along the Southwest border of Mexico.
Arizona shares approximately 211 miles of the border with Mexico. There are 9 POE’s on this stretch of land. According to U.S. Department of State reports , Mexican DTOs are the primary transporters of heroin, methamphetamine and marijuana from Mexico into the United States. In addition, Mexican DTOs produce large quantities of cocaine south of the U.S. border and smuggle it through major POEs such as San Ysidro and Otay Mesa.
Nogales, Arizona is a Union City that shares a border with Nogales, Sonora. The Rio Rico POE is located in Nogales, Arizona and can be seen from the Mexican side- it is approximately 1 mile south of a canal that cuts through the international boundary.
Calexico East and Andrade are unstaffed crossings where no commercial truck traffic is allowed. They are used solely for private vehicles and pedestrians.
Hidalgo is the only staffed port in Texas. Laredo, McAllen and Brownsville are unstaffed crossings which no commercial truck traffic is allowed. They are used solely for private vehicles and pedestrians.
San Luis Rio Colorado is a Mexican city south of Yuma, Arizona that shares an international border with San Luis, AZ
The San Ysidro POE is the most heavily trafficked land border in the Western Hemisphere with approximately 300,000 pedestrians and 12,000 vehicles entering the United States each day.