Day One: My Trip to Tucson 2019

A personal editorial from today’s travel: San Antonio TX to Tucson AZ along the Mexican border.

Day One: My Trip to Tucson 2019

For those of you who have never lived or traveled close to the Mexican border, I thought I would give you a brief look at what is really going on down here that the media may or may not be telling you.

At left and below you can see a snake-looking fence. This is the border fence that separates El Paso, Texas and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. I took these pictures from my Jeep today.

I can remember how dangerous this travel through El Paso was 30 years ago when I traveled here working with the University of Texas El Paso Health Science Center.

Approximately 10 years ago the wall you see above and below was built to separate the cities, and since that time El Paso has become one of the safest and most progressive cities in the U.S. The “see through” snake-looking fence you see below is the border fence as seen out my window while driving today. I make sure to stop in El Paso every trip now. Would not miss the people or the food.

This is the success story I saw on my trip that many of you may have already seen. What you may not have seen is what it’s like to live on the border where no fence exists. Miles and miles of open desert where mules and coyotes (the human kind) move drugs and people across the US border with ease. The US Border Patrol does a magnificent job of trying to stem the flow. However, without the same protections found in El Paso, even US citizens are subject to the problems of illegals coming across our border.


At left is the entry to the U. S. Department of Homeland Security and US Border Patrol inspection station located on Interstate 10 in New Mexico. All traffic is required to drive through this station for inspection and evaluation, including scanning by a myriad of instruments used to detect all sorts of illegal contraband including drugs and people.

Below is a close look through my Jeep windshield as I drove through the scanners.

Based on the overall shortage of border security along this interstate highway, I am very glad the US Homeland Security operates this and other stations. I did not photograph inside the inspection station for obvious reasons.


As I drove towards Arizona I passed one of these Department of Homeland Security detainee buses that are used to transport people who have tried to enter the United States illegally and were captured.

It’s just a day in the life on the Texas – Mexican border.

And it’s just another trip from San Antonio Texas to Tucson Arizona driving for 14 hours along that border.

I am all for legal immigration into this country. I am not totally for or against any particular political party’s view on illegal immigration, but I am against illegal immigration. It is, by definition….illegal.

I do wish we could all decide to do what’s best for the country, everyone stop the caustic political in-fighting, and find some solutions to the illegal immigration problem. I don’t mind getting scanned for who knows what, or the time it takes to stop and be evaluated.

What really bothers me…..are the folks in the prison bus above. I wish they would have followed the law and applied for entry legally. Then they would not be in the bus.

Then perhaps the whole country could stop fighting and work on more important issues.

If it takes a border fence to accomplish that….then I am all for it. We need help down here. I wish all of you could understand that.

Robert James

This is my personal editorial and not officially from the IIJA or anywhere else. I just wanted to share what its like down here on the border for those how may not know. Some may want to hide from this by canceling your subscription. That will be unfortunate, but not unexpected in today’s political climate. Rj©2019 Robert James. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. We encourage sharing and caring throughout the industry as long as all copyrights are left intact