Our family became involved in trying to increase funding and support for border security, in particular for National Park Service areas, after the murder of our son/brother, US Park Ranger Kristopher William Eggle on August 9, 2002 at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in southern Arizona. Since his death, we have sought to spread the word about the sad state of our border areas, in particular the Arizona-Mexico border.

In light of the heightened interest in "Homeland Security" that has come about since the 9-11 terrorist attacks, we have been shocked and appalled by the unwillingness of authorities to crack down on illegal immigration from Mexico in particular. We know firsthand the ease with which any illegal alien --- Mexican or other, including potential terrorists --- can walk or even drive into the United States. It is a chilling thought.

   
 
 
 
 
     
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Press Releases

03/29/06 - Congressman Charlie Norwood (Georgia)
North Georgia Screams NO to Senate Illegal Alien Amnesty

03/01/06 - Department of Customs and Immigration Enforcement
Director's Testimony to Senate Subcommittees

09/29/05 - Congressman Charlie Norwood (Georgia)
Norwood Endorses Hayworth Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement Bill

08/16/05 - Governor Janet Napolitano (Arizona)
Declaration of Emergency - Arizona/Mexico International Border Security Emergency

08/12/05 - Governor Bill Richardson (New Mexico)
Governor Bill Richardson Declares State of Emergency Along New Mexico Border With Mexico

05/14/03 - Congressman Pete Hoekstra
House Renames Organ Pipe Visitors' Center in Honor of Slain Park Ranger

03/05/03 - Congressman Tom Tancredo (Floor Speech)

10/08/02 - Senator Chuck Grassley

10/08/02 - Congressman Pete Hoekstra

09/25/02 - Senator Zell Miller (Floor Speech)

08/21/02 - Congressman Tom Tancredo

05/07/02 - Senator Chuck Grassley

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Other Resources

CURRENT NEWS ARTICLES

LETTERS TO PUBLIC OFFICIALS

Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees - June 2004
Letter to Congress

Coalition of Concerned National Park Service Retirees - May 2004
Pretending to Protect the Parks

The Savvy Traveler - May 2003
AUDIO: Desert Beauty, Border Danger

Inspector General's Recommendations to the Secretary of the Interior
"Law Enforcement at the Department of the Interior" - July 2002

Inspector General's Report on Law Enforcement in the Department of the Interior
"A Disquieting State of Disorder" - January 2002
(OIG Reports Page - Scroll to Report No. 2002-I-0014)

 
 
 
     
     
 

Recommended Reading

Invasion by Michelle Malkin

From the Publisher:
Michelle Malkin's Invasion is a shocking expose of how America's lax immigration system led to the September 11 terrorist attacks. Malkin, one of America's most important young journalists and a first-generation American of Filipino descent, shows how every component of our immigration system failed: from kowtowing consular offices, to unguarded borders and ports of entry, to toothless detention and deportation policies.

Worse, the problems have persisted long after September 11. Plagued by inertia, political correctness, and corruption, the U.S. government refuses to enforce its immigration laws with consistency and common sense.

Malkin's conclusions and recommendations are stark and no-nonsense. But so is the job of protecting American lives. If you are ready for the blood-boiling truth about the dangers we face inside our own borders, no other book tells it like Invasion.

****

The Case Against Immigration by Roy Beck

From Amazon.com:
Roy Beck, the Washington editor of the journal The Social Contract, argues for cutting immigration on the grounds that it contributes to the falling real wages that breed deteriorating communities and crumbling families--the "crisis of the middle class." He also suggests that immigration has increased the gap between the rich and the poor, driving down the wages of inner-city blacks and others at the bottom of the labor market. Beck goes further and makes the case that immigration harms every level of the economy, including the high-end, high technology sector.

****

Illegals : The Imminent Threat Posed by Our Unsecured U.S.-Mexico Border
by Jon Dougherty

Book Description:
In years past, immigration into the United States was treated as a privilege, not a right to be granted automatically just by being able to make it to America's shoreline or borders. Today, however, the entire process of immigration has been drastically politicized by both major parties in Washington, D.C.; one party sees votes – the other, cheap labor. This is investigative journalist Jon Dougherty’s probing look into how this indiscriminate immigration is tearing at the fabric of our culture and society. Interviewing Border Patrol agents, local residents, citizen-enforcement groups and even the immigrants themselves, Dougherty examines the implicit dangers of our reckless attitude toward admittance, showing how all American citizens, native-born and otherwise, are consequently threatened by welfare fraud, drug lords, and terrorism. This is the untold, unnerving true story about the social and political turmoil on the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Unguarded Gates: A History of America's Immigration Crisis
by Otis L. Graham, Jr.

From the Publisher:
Throughout America's history immigration policy has always been a controversial and complex topic, going to the heart of what it means to be American. Now, with terrorism as a new concern, Americans have begun to look closer at the effects of rising immigration and porous borders.

In this tightly-argued work, immigration scholar Otis Graham examines the history of immigration pressures and American policy debates and choices. He begins with the first "Great Wave" of the 1880's and traces the effects of the system of national origins, enforced from the 1920's through 1965. The reforms of the 1960's ushered in an era of large-scale legal and illegal immigration, resulting in a vast social experiment in demographic transformation. In assessing the past, present, and future of immigration, Graham shows that the failure to control the influx of foreigners is leading America toward further security risks, unsustainable population growth, imported worker competition with American labor, and, ultimately, social fragmentation.

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Illegal Entries by John W. Slagle

From the Publisher:
ILLEGAL ENTRIES is about the U.S. Border Patrol, illegal immigration, narcotics interdictions, Terrorist factions and failed political policies spanning three decades. The views expressed are from field experiance, and provide an explanation why ten to twelve million illegal aliens. from people seeking work; criminal classes to terrorists are now in the the United States. ILLEGAL ENTRIES are people from any nation who enter the United States in violation of Immigration laws set by Congress. Law enforcement of those laws were early priorities of the United States Border Patrol and Immigration Criminal Investigators. From 1972 to 2003, Congressional policies continually changed Immigration law that created more problems than were ever solved including the first blanket Amnesty in 1986. Politicians from both parties in Congress in a quest for cheap labor and votes created the monster that is devouring the United States of America from within.

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Down By The River by Charles Bowden

From Publishers Weekly:
In January 1995, Lionel Bruno Jordan was shot dead in the parking lot of an El Paso, Tex., K-Mart. A police investigation concluded that it was a botched carjacking; a 13-year-old Mexican was charged and convicted. Bruno's brother Phil, a rising DEA official, suspected the murder had to do with his drug- busting work, but his attempts to get the agency to investigate were blocked at every turn. Exploring this mystery, prize-winning author Bowden weaves an intricate tale of treachery, deceit, corruption and death on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border. The Mexican government was implicated in the drug trade all the way up to the office of then-president Carlos Salinas, and Bowden talks with former Mexican officials who fled to the U.S. to avoid being killed off. Phil Jordan was drawn into a life of casino gambling in a vain attempt to raise enough money to pay off Mexican officials and get them to talk. Bowden also tracks the exploits of Mexican drug lord Amado Carrillo, based right across the border from El Paso in Ju rez, who more than likely ordered a hit on Bruno. Bowden maintains an intense noirish tension throughout, though some may find his use of interior monologue irritating at times (particularly when he puts the reader inside the mind of the dead man, Bruno). Still, that doesn't mar a dramatic detective story and a biting critique of the U.S. war on drugs.

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Backpacker Magazine - April 2003
"Wildest Park in America" by Annette McGivney

Imprimis (Hillsdale College) - April 2003, Volume 32, Number 4
"Immigration, the War on Terror and the Rule of Law" by Michelle Malkin

National Geographic Adventure Magazine - February 2003 Issue
"National Park War Zone" by Tom Clynes

Outside Magazine - February 2003 Issue
"Border Showdown" by Bruce Barcott

Smithsonian Magazine - January 2003
"Shadow Wolves" by Mark Wheeler

National Parks Magazine - Nov/Dec 2002 Issue