Ronnie Osburn was preparing to talk to National Review Online Thursday about lawlessness in his border community when his home was broken into.
Osburn, a rancher who lives just south of a Border Patrol checkpoint in Brooks County, Texas, says he stepped away for about 45 minutes, and when he returned somebody had trashed his house. The trespassers shattered his gun case, leaving a trail of blood throughout the house, but dropped the guns near the kitchen before scattering out the back door. They had searched through the house, opened drawers, and even left a heap of uncooked bacon in a frying pan on the stove.
Ranchers in South Texas say they are seeing a greater criminal element among illegal immigrants trespassing through their property. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers responded to the situation. Although no arrests have been made, a Brooks County sheriff’s deputy tells National Review Online the break-in involved “undocumented crossers.” At one point a Border Patrol agent said he thought the trespassers had been spotted about a half-mile north of the ranch, headed in the same direction as the Border Patrol checkpoint near Falfurrias.
Border Patrol agents carrying AR-15s and 12-gauge pumps searched the property with Osburn, who also had an AR-15, looking for any sign of the trespassers. After scanning his backyard, Osburn discovered three shoes left behind, and Border Patrol agents said they expected the burglars were less than a mile away.
“Welcome to South Texas,” Osburn tells me while extending his hand.
“This is not the first time this has happened,” he says. “I have Border Patrol in here every day chasing groups, just about.”The author stated in the article that other ranchers reported an increased element of violence from illegal aliens crossing the border, including characterizing the illegal aliens as "ready to fight."
This is like the barbarian hordes that increasingly penetrated into the Roman Empire, first peaceably and then more violently as the Empire weakened.
Mexico is already one of the largest economies in the world, and it will continue to grow and develop. With that growth will be increasing military expenditures. I expect that we will see, at least by the end of this century, a war between Mexico and the United States. Most likely arising out of Mexico supporting the "reintegration" of regions of the South West and Texas to Mexico, or an armed skirmish getting out of hand (e.g., an escalation of something like the recent cross border incursions by Mexican troops).