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Alligators in the Moat: Politics and the Mexican Border Paperback – January 10, 2016
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What Mr. Ashurst describes in his book is absolutely correct, completely accurate, thoroughly documented, and not exaggerated in any way. The shocking stories you will read are corroborated by many law enforcement officers and ranchers who live each day seeing the crime, corruption (on both sides of the border), property destruction, burglaries, murder, smuggling, illegal immigration and many instances of drug cartel intimidation that our unprotected border brings to Americans who live along our border with Mexico.
Mr. Ashurst not only tells the stories of living in the midst of unrestricted border crime, he also provides many examples of uncaring politicians who treat border area residents as whiners and complainers and simply give double-talk and lip service to the border residents suffering under the weight of our uncontrolled border.
Mr. Ashurst's book makes those politicians uncomfortable -- and well it should. He casts a light on their dark deeds of nonfeasance, misfeasance and even malfeasance. He accurately points out how government leaders have tied the hands of the Border Patrol, preventing them from carrying out their sworn duty to protect the border.
As a law enforcement veteran of the Mexican border, I will say this is one of the best books on the border I've read in quite awhile. It is factual, well written and I highly recommend it.
Ed Ashurst is a captivating story teller and I appreciated his detail and verification of fact, where he included them. I sympathized with the horror and frustration of the ranchers dealing with property damage, theft and fear for so many years. He had me on his side until close to the end of the book.
His support of the trial and tribulations of Cliven Bundy, however, broke my faith. I lived in Oregon for many years and when I heard the news of the occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oregon by a heavily armed militia headed up by Bundy's 2 sons I followed news coverage of the standoff for the next month until the last militant surrendered. Of course the views and beliefs of the Bundys became center stage to the story and Cliven's 2 decade long battle with the BLM over grazing fees became part of the narrative and motivation for the 2016 standoff. My understanding of the facts is that Cliven Bundy owed 1.1 million dollars in past grazing fees in 2014 and refused to relocate his herd from where they were grazing in 2014. Mr. Ashurst makes the BLM the bad guys. I tend to look at Bundy as violating federal law. After 20 years of turning the other way, the BLM made what I thought to be a logical move. Mr. Ashurst uses this example to show....what? Tolerance of aliens but being heavy handed with a poor little nobody cowboy peacefully grazing his peaceful cows? I don't get the connection especially when I see the facts of Bundy's case. Bundy and his boys feel a "divine sanction" to do what they please on federal land because the feds have "no authority" to regulate "public" land. This is not an uncommon belief. There is a huge backing mostly from, who the writer William de Buys calls, "right-wing mega-donors, including the Koch brothers who pump money into a bewildering array of agitator groups to help keep...resentment burning". These groups want to see the feds turn over all public land to the states with each state controlling what to do with it and how to regulate it. Even selling it to private interests. I read today that the Republicans are actually talking about putting it on their party platform! Bye bye land for all, hello mining, oil, gas, development. Extract, extract.
My second bone of contention with Mr. Ashurst is in reference to the trial of Steven Hammond, 46, who, Mr. Ashurst writes, started a few "small" fires, such as those started historically by land managers and called controlled burns. Mr. Hammond testified under oath that this was the case, that he had started some fires on his property but they soon spread to the BLM property in question. Unfortunately, at Mr. Hammond's trial for destroying federal property, witnesses, some of whom were family members, testified that the fires had been started at Mr. Hammond's request in order to cover up evidence of game violations after he and his hunting party had illegally killed several deer on BLM property. According to testimony Mr. Hammond had given his party members matches and told them to start the fires. This was while there was a burn ban in effect in this particular area.
These 2 examples led me to question the validity of additional areas of the narrative that were impossible for me to track. Particularly disturbing was the use of the term "the Obama administration" repeatedly without stating who in particular he was referencing or what the facts were. When facts are left out to bolster a point of view then the point of view loses my endorsement. I think it's worth reading but I advise keeping an open mind.
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