Border War Brewing

Chris Burgard has just produced a video called “Borders”. You can get it here: It looks to be a very incredible video to me. It is definitely on my list of things to order SOON.

I heard all about this on Lou Dobbs of course. The piece looks to be extremely emotional for viewers. Although Chris Burgard has done the film from a strictly none-emotional, none-involvement way, I don’t think that anyone can watch this movie and not have some reaction to it.


Here’s what Lou Dobbs had to say about the whole thing. With him was Cris Burgard.

DOBBS: An important new documentary, a documentary brought to us by Chris Burgard, he is a producer, and spent a lot of time pulling together the facts, the reality of the border, without fanfare, without prejudice or an agenda. Simply putting forward the documentary and letting you decide. The movie is called “Border.” And it documents some horrific scenes as well, realities. I want to turn to Chris Burgard, joining us from our Los Angeles Bureau.

Chris good to have you with us.


DOBBS: Chris in cowboy talk how long were you down there?

BURGARD: All together, about two and a half months.

DOBBS: Two and a half months you spent all those weeks, you came upon a family with children being smuggled over by a coyote and well as illegals stuck in the desert. What did you take away from the personal experience?

BURGARD: The personal experience was just, the cruelness going on down there, the violence. On both sides, the American ranchers, the American citizens that live near the borders, the Mexicans and the other nationals that are coming across. You wouldn’t think that this level of cruelty and humanity could be happening in this country but it is.

DOBBS: And it is something the documentary as I said, you talked to several ranchers that own property along the border. This is with what one of them had to say to you.


UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Just south of the check point, the smugglers drop off their human cargo. Coyotes then lead to the ranch while the now empty vehicle passes safely through the border patrol. The smugglers and illegals then meet back up north of the check point and head to the bus station and the rest of the United States.


DOBBS: Well, the sound bite that we’re looking for, are we going to have that? I’m sorry? OK. We’re going to wait for it.


UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE: Of course there is. This is why the people that live on these ranches have, have to take measures.


DOBBS: They have to take measures.

BURGARD: She was answering the question, is there a war going on down here?

DOBBS: That war, you said there’s cruelty on both sides. Could you see any reason in the world why we have not secured the border?

BURGARD: Yes, because somebody is making a whole lot of money the way the border is now. They could secure this border tomorrow, this is not rocket science. They’ve chosen not to.

DOBBS: You and I happen to agree on that. You and I will probably disagree on a couple of other things. But you really believe that on both sides there’s cruelty, there is inhumane treatment from the south of the border, north of the border.

You document what’s happening to the illegals. Tell us, from, what is the source of most of the cruelty? Talk about raping illegals crossing that border, people being killed. Who are the perpetrators?

BURGARD: Well, in a large part, it’s the drug cartels and the whole human smuggling business. What’s really changed in the last ten years is the drug cartels have kicked out the mom and pop smuggling operations. And the drug cartels are now making as much money smuggling people as they are product.

And as you see in the movie if they get busted with a load of people coming over, they get sent back and they get to try them again. But if they get the drugs busted, they’re out all that money.

DOBBS: When we talk about people making money and that is the reason this border is wide open. What do you mean, drug smugglers, billions of dollars that are being made?

BURGARD: Yes, the drug smugglers and the labor, it’s billions of dollars a week. There’s a guy in the movie, Reverend Hoover, the very common sense plan on how someone was coming over here to look for work, they could do that. But then if you do that, you are going to have to pay these people competitive wage with the American workers, you are going to have to give them workman’s comp. and people in Washington don’t want, that’s expensive.

DOBBS: The dollar amount is estimated somewhere, I’ve seen estimates as low as $25 billion in drug trade to as high as $100 billion in drug trade. That’s the part people lose sight of. It’s not about simply human smuggling. It’s not simply about a securing a border because we are in a war on terror. There’s the war on drugs. We’re wiping out a generation of young people by leaving these borders open.

BURGARD: You know you will see in the movie, they bring the drugs over on mule trains. It is something that ranchers on the border put up with it on a nightly basis. These are not people you want to mess around with. Some of these guys carry automatic weapons. You will see that the fellows that we filmed had on uniforms, were carrying automatic weapons. It’s very dangerous.

DOBBS: Chris Burgard, award winning filmmaker for the documentary, “Border.” You can find out far more about the film and buy the DVD at Put that up. Chris we thank you very much. It’s an important contribution to everyone’s understanding.

BURGARD: Let’s hope our presidential candidates start talking about this. I would like to send help to the ranchers.

DOBBS: I think we all would to be honest with you. The reality is frankly, these folks, well, we’ll see, cross our fingers. How’s that.

Chris, thank you very much.

I don’t know what Lou was going to say here. Obviously he changed his mind at the last second. But I’ll tell you what, this story made me want to pack my shit and get down there to those ranchers with guns and ammunition.

Almost sounds like the Mexican/American war all over again, only this time it has to do with drug cartels and human garbage and I’m not talking about illegals either although you still aren’t welcome in my book. I don’t think our government is capable of making a coherent decision that is actually going to do US good. And we know if we do something that’s all bush is looking for to call in Canada’s army. Something’s gotta be done. Oh, and you are going to LOVE The next story. It is more about guns and someone wanting to keep them out of our hands with illegal search and seizure!


~ by justmytruth on March 27, 2008.

One Response to “Border War Brewing”

  1. As long as the Border Patrol continues to use Interstate 10 as a “virtual fence”, vast areas of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas will continue to be the War Zone that was documented in Chris Burgard’s film, “Border”.

    I spent the month of January in Southern Texas and New Mexico watching the Border Patrol at work and have come to the conclusion that this Administration has ceeded vast areas of United States soil to Mexico. Due to the lack of a real fence, the Border Patrol is concentrating its effort along I-10 and U.S. Highway 90. During one week, my truck was searched three times at checkpoints located more than sixty miles north of the Mexican border. As I wandered the dusty tracks along the Rio Grande in the Big Bend area, I saw much evidence of illegal entry but no sign that the Border Patrol was making any attempt to stop illegals at the border. Some in Washington seem to be under the impression the miles of uninhabited desert form a natural barrier but the locals told me a different story.

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