I just spent two weeks down in South Texas on the Mexican border. Thought I would give you all a report on what it's like down there. I had seen the news reports on the border situation and could tell that things were bad, but I was taken by complete surprise when I got down there in person. The news does'nt tell half the story. I was on an oil lease just 5 miles from the Rio Grande river about 60 miles south of Laredo. The first noticible difference was that all the leases have guards at the main gates. Visiting with the guards I got a first hand account of life on the border. We got "alerts" about three times a week of parties of illegals in our area. Just a couple of miles down the road from the main gate the dirt road made several "S" turns. All of us drove that road at all hours, nearly everyday. One night some illegals had stole a car in one of the nearby towns and the cops were after them. They came up the road to our oil lease and when they hit the s curves lost control and plowed out into the mesquite bushes. Two were caught and two more escaped on foot. The cop told our gate guard that he had been doing 100 miles and hour right before the illegals lost it. If any of us had been on the road that night we could have been killed. But that is'nt the biggest danger. The area is criss crossed with pipe lines and dotted with wells."Pumpers" travel the area checking on things and they told me that they saw as many as a dozen groups passing through a week. There were several of them who had these groups rush them while they were out of thier trucks. It is common for the illegals to try and car jack anyone who is stopped on the road. Even tho company policy forbids firearms on company property, most of these guys won't go out into the bush without protection. I kew that we had a problem with our border security, but I never realized just how bad it is until I saw it first hand. There is no security. In my two weeks I only saw a couple of border patrol vehicles and they were on the highways. The back roads and open lands where we work are a major corridor with a steady stream of illegals pouring through nearly on a daily basis. I have been in foriegn, third world countries where I felt safer than I did right here in the U.S. along our Texas border lands. That's not right. We have a major problem and we have to address it. After my stint down there I am all in favor of stationg our troops there.