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Doug Wyllie

Doug Wyllie has authored more than 1,000 articles and tactical tips aimed at ensuring that police officers are safer and more successful on the streets. Doug is a Western Publishing Association “Maggie Award” winner for Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column. He is a member of International Law Enforcement Educators and Trainers Association (ILEETA), an Associate Member of the California Peace Officers’ Association (CPOA), and a member of the Public Safety Writers Association (PSWA).

Richard Valdemar

Richard Valdemar

Sgt. Richard Valdemar retired from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department after spending most of his 33 years on the job combating gangs.

The Bite of Illegal Immigrant Gang Members

A former Border Patrol agent's expose reveals the misconduct that allows illegal alien gang members to enter this country.

January 23, 2012  |  by Richard Valdemar - Also by this author

Recently, I had the privilege of sharing the stage at a dinner for the Arizona Immigration Reform Council with Mike Ligon. Mike is the author of a "must read" expose called, "10 Years On the Line: My War On the Border."

Mike is an Oklahoma native and a former Marine. He's fluent in Spanish, which he picked up as an enlisted weapons and communication specialist with Fifth Special Forces, and later as a detachment commander in the Seventh Special Forces Group (ABN). He earned a bachelor's in Criminal Justice from Brigham Young University and a master's from Webster University.

Mike's specialized training is in military intelligence and counterinsurgency. He teaches these subjects at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center and School at Fort Huachuca, Ariz. His background has led to carefully preserved facts that have been well documented from hundreds of incident reports, memorandums, and investigative records.

"10 Years On the Line" is the factual account of Mike's 10 years as an immigration, customs and border officer. It illuminates and places a critical magnifying glass over the checkpoint at Douglas, Arizona—this nation's most corrupt point of entry.

The book exposes line officers' daily struggle with government managers trying to do his job—preventing illegal aliens and criminals from unlawfully entering the United States. This sector is the most law-enforcement saturated along the border, and the book documents in detail a systematic, institutionalized culture of corruption, malfeasance and disloyalty. I believe this malfeasance has crept into other sectors as well. The book covers a period in which these policies were instituted at the direction of federal administrators from both Republican and Democratic parties.

The book begins with a quote from Samuel Adams, "If ever a time should come when vain and aspiring men shall possess the highest seats in government, our government shall stand in need of its experienced patriots to prevent its ruin."

Mike writes about the gang members he identified and documented who crossed into the U.S. at the Douglas checkpoint. Many of these gang members weren't from the area. They arrived from all over Mexico to cross at Douglas because of their involvement in drug and human trafficking. Many were from the big transnational gangs who came from Los Angeles such as Florence 13 (F-13), 18th Street (XV3 or 666) and Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13). Some were from Outlaw Motorcycle Gangs. His bosses ordered him not to share this information with state and local police.

After hearing Mike describe the situation, I was left with the thought—no wonder the border is so screwed up, because the rule of law and the will of the American people have been betrayed by those appointed to secure it.

After our talks, Mike and I took a few questions from the audience. During one of the responses he pointed out that the immigration problem wasn't just another issue, it was the issue. If you care about jobs and the economy, the environment, health care, criminal gangs and organized crime, drug abuse, human slavery, public corruption, the rule of law, and the security of the United States, you'd better make immigration a priority.

As proponents of open borders often point out, we're a nation of immigrants. When these immigrants faced discrimination from the majority culture, each new arriving minority group spawned its own version of criminal gangs. The Irish gangs, Jewish gangs, Italian gangs, Latinos, Asians, Russians, Africans and Middle-Eastern gangs have all found turf in our land of plenty. As these cultures assimilated into mainstream America, the problem of these ethnic and cultural criminal gangs shrank. If the immigrating groups resisted assimilation, as some did, the problem of criminal gangs rooted and spread within the immigrant population.

If we continue to allow the unchecked illegal immigration of millions into conclaves of foreign cultures into our already overtaxed urban infrastructure, we're creating an incubator for the breeding of criminal street gangs. When these unassimilated masses become significant in numbers, they often create civil unrest and rioting. We've already witnessed this result in European cities such as London and Paris.

During my part of the talk I asked, what would happen if each of the attendees returned home that night to find three or four uninvited strangers eating their food and watching their TV? To take it further, what if these strangers organized and protested against the homeowners by demanding that their rights be respected and they be allowed to stay?

The Judeo-Christian culture places high value on hospitality, but it still requires that a guest knock to request entry. Permission to enter must be granted by the resident and his household. Some religious-minded people argue for sanctuary and point out that Jesus was himself once an immigrant in Egypt. Yes, but not an illegal immigrant.

Are border agents taking bribes for entry? The "mordida" (bite) is a term used in Mexico to describe the culturally accepted and universally common custom of bribery and corruption in government. This system of thwarting the rule of law and the will of the people for money or position has crossed the border and established itself in this country. There are an embarrassing number of local, state, and federal officers who have been caught taking the mordida on our side of this border.

One must wonder how much this mordida is affecting our elected officials who make and enforce our screwed up immigration policy. If you feel the same, take one more quote from my friend Mike Ligon, "Speak up!"

Comments (3)

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Craig @ 1/27/2012 4:35 AM

I heard Sgt. Valdemar speak at Trexpo East...if his talks don't scare the hell out of you you're asleep.

Traitors who support these criminals should be in jail for a long time. Remember, it was a cousin of the drug mule who pushed him to go after Romean and Campos in court...and the cousin worked on the border as an officer. The bad guys are going into customs/border patrol (and the military).

John @ 1/27/2012 2:20 PM

But we don't have a problem with illegal immigration, right? The DEA doesn't have small-scale wars in Northern California with illegals carrying assault rifles while protecting plantations of marijuana crops in state and national forests, right? And of course, no innocent civilians are EVER harmed by these people or routinely disappear in these areas, right? I'm suddenly reminded of another organized crime quote that flashes through my mind..."lotta holes in the desert"...Joe Pesci was a good actor, but in Northern Cali, there are a lot of people feeding trees...glad I left, but sad that the problem is never addressed.

Remember a recent election for the District Attorney's position in that area in which one of the candidates essentially funded his entire campaign with contributions funnelled from cartel funds (or so I was told by one of the people who worked alongside him, almost won, having spent more than twice as much as his competitors. Fortunately, the people of the area were not so easily tricked into voting him into power...

Mike Ligon @ 8/14/2014 4:58 PM

Thanks for your kind comments regarding our mutual engagements and my book. I have a blog: that contains more of the following types of essays: "If you want to see what the U.S. will look like in ten years after Obama’s Children Crusade, look at the Soviet Union in 1920. When Lenin took power, the Bolsheviks embarked on a series of experiments intended to stamp out that “bourgeois excrescence” – the family. As a result of this policy, Soviet Russia began to fill with packs of pauperized, parentless, sociopathic orphans, desperate marauding packs of children, the bezprizornii. They lived by begging, thievery and worse. Those who survived grew up. The bands of marauding children became sociopathic packs of adults: brutal, uncontrollable, murderous, real threats.

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