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Eric’s “Shut Her down” #3 Government Shutdown and Border Shutdown

Updated on January 11, 2019
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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Do Not Take a Stand, Take a Hand

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Dateline: Southeastern San Diego County, Bordertown USA.

San Ysidro is home to the world's busiest land border crossing probably in the world. Maybe just our Hemisphere but who counts that exact. Up the road L.A. way is probably the largest Mexican origin population outside of Mexico. Percentage wise perhaps San Diego County the second. We were part of Mexico until around 1845. We have the oldest Mission in Alta California here and La Presa the oldest Mexican city in the U.S.A. (perhaps some Pueblas in New Mexico are older) Our Mexican Americans here are mostly Nativo. We don’t see much of the Caucasian Mexicans here.

To be real real, for us working folks outside of the big city and mega million homes on the coast Spanish is spoken as much as English. Most adopt a Spanglish. We are probably more Hispanic in roots that European. Don’t get me wrong we have huge Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese communities. We are on the Pacific also. I think about a thousand miles of near open border on the “Peaceful Ocean”.

We rank right up there too with two of the top busiest International seaports in the U.S.A. and nearly the world. Los Angeles Port of Entry and Long Beach. Of course L.A. International Airport goes without saying.

Tjuana is our Neighor to the South. We are great trading partners. The change in NAFTA has not changed that at all. Tijuana has about 1.3 million people just like San Diego. Somehow I think both those numbers are off by about 2 million.

Most people don’t know but Mexico’s Declaration of Independence, Constitution and War of Independence are really close to our own. And Mexico is a federation of states like our own. Of course differences but very similar.

So to be so sure that you get it. Mexicans and Norte Americanos are not at odds. You can hardly tell the difference down here. Yes their wives yell and scream a lot but so do our Italian and Vietnamese ladies. It is their cultural job. We just get over it and go with the flow. Maybe too many Mexican beers we drink bemoaning this fact ;-)

Also to be sure our lives are very good here. I think on both sides of the border. I lived in Southern Tijuana about 4 months out of the year in a tiny enclave called Rosarito – now a bustling beach town. I had a car stolen down there once. But it was by a U.S. Marine on leave and drunk – go figure.

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So what is going on. Criminals are what is going on. I understand that the U.S.A. is the biggest smuggler of guns into Mexico. Except for real hunting rifles guns are outlawed down there. Only gangs and cartels have them openly. In a pre-honeymoon my wife and I were staying in a tent down Mazatlan way. Elvis died and we kind of got hammered. Two older Canadians took us back to the tent safely. A bandito with a gun was robbing our tent but the Federalies were hot on his tail. One shot was fired and the bandito died. Here is the rub, he died from his gun exploding in his face. No one ever told him how to clean the gun. Of course we were all way bummed out. “Take our stuff and go” we thought. Of course locals heard of it and we were brought on board for the duration.

More of a story of us smuggling goat cheese and a parrot another time.

One time I was bringing my two dogs back to the states with me. All legal and licensed. They were snoozing in the back of my 8 year old Volvo station wagon. I forgot all about them. Then the Border Patrol agents with those drug and people sniffing great big German Shepherds came around and the Shepherds went nuts. I near peed my pants. And the agents started laughing. They were just welcoming my two Chow Chows. Fun story to laugh at myself.

Just yesterday three of our Mexican Americans got pulled out of the ESS an after school program that I think is the best in the world. Those who can pay do and it subsidizes those who cannot including a major snack. We know these kids, been on play dates and parties with them. Parents laid off on the shutdown. They cannot afford it and impossible paperwork to get a waiver of fees. Plus they now could have the kids at home with no work. Tears all around. It hurts hard in our hood.

But the bummer of it all is that we all know a family who has lost someone due to the Mexican gang violence here. Across the freeway 125 there is a gang related death once a week. Now do not jump to fast to a conclusion. Even though they are not all illegal immigrants there is a system at work. They recruit. Now this recruitment does not come with a signing bonus. It may come with a gun or a pound of Chrystal Meth to sell or else. Here is the other part. They do not recruit lower to middle income white kids. They recruit boys and girls of Hispanic origin whose both parents are gone working hard to make a better life. Most normally there is no choice. And we know in fact that the leaders are not here with a legal entry.

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So to be really well understood here. The border crossing problem is not my problem. It is my friend’s problem. Loss of jobs, child endangerment, drug and human trafficking

My wife and I have a running joke in our home. We say “your people” and laugh. It is about our two very distinct cultures of an Italian and Irish origin American brought up in a very third gen German household and her heritage as a first gen Vietnamese American. Our son of course chimes in that they are not his people on either side. Or if it suits him they are all his people. So fun when pointing out differences in our very happy multicultural place. We have settled that Hispanic Americans are my people. Fair enough. Variety in people is the spice of life. She claims Pilipino as her’s. Go figure when we have a party it goes crazy with language around here. I think Gabe and I will study up on German so we can have our own.

Let most people be assured that I speak here and want to make sure. We are a love melting pot. These problems we have are a low percentage. Yes it is a crises. Or go tell my neighbor who lost her son to the gangs and then to death that it is not.

But our relationship with folks south of our border is awesome. Perhaps never better in the last 40 years. Us “you and I are coming together”. We don’t want these bad folk messing our cross-border love fest up.

I hate it and we all do but a secure border is the only way going both ways. If we stem the flow of bad people and innocent victims and drugs and gangsters, then they will have no reason to flood into our sister city Tijuana where so many of our friends and friend’s family reside. We all agree they will not come to Tijauna of San Diego if they cannot come.

The media seems short termed I hope on Monday I can make another “Midnight Run” to our caravan brothers and sisters with stuff. Maybe not good stuff but to let them know they are not forgotten.

Tomorrow morning my little family will have another group hug and pray for our leaders on both sides.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Wow Mary you should see the generosity of the people right now. From free food at restaraunts. To internet and phone service providers deferring payments. The food banks are having trouble keeping up with the inflow.

      Local, state and federal labor departments are upping the training programs so positive things can happen during idle time.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill I was really hoping to get across here how un-Black & White this issue is. I hope it came across.

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      William Kovacic 

      7 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      Let's hear it for group hugs!!! I enjoyed reading your history and how all comes together for you, but yet, you're sensitive to those who do suffer. Thanks for being you.

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      Mary Norton 

      7 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm glad to read about your own experience Eric. It gives me a better understanding of what the situation is and I am very hopeful as such relationship that has been forged for years do exist. There is also respect. The concern seems to point to the politicians.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Dora, my wife is a crazy "door locker up". I work at home. No one knocks on my door from 8:30 A.M. to late afternoon. They just yell through my open door. I more often than not do not lock my car. We have a saying "a lock stops an honest man". Love around here works for us.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela, I have traveled a lot. Kind of nice to settle down for a bit. Some say it is good others say I should get back out there.

      That is so cool about your family members going down for a time.

      I was at a party the other day. The host said - "look, you don't need to leave the country to be in Mexico". Something like "Mira, no es necissito para viaja." (we speak Spanglish).

      So much of our lives are enriched by our diversity.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Tim I am kind of excited about all this attention to these issues. Perhaps they will throw the necessary money at the problems. Although used improperly it could heighten some of the problems. I think we all would like streamlined "Visa" status with follow through. There are "holes" to every attempted solution.

      Thank you for weighing in.

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      Dora Weithers 

      7 months ago from The Caribbean

      So Mexico also has reason to protect themselves. The wall may be a good idea, but the better one is the respect of boundaries, respect for one another and adjustment to the multicultural melting pot. Thanks for sharing your sensible insights.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      7 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Eric, You have certainly traveled around the world. I love the people of Santa Domingo also. One of my sons is a pastor, and he, his wife and son spent 3 years there. I spent some time with them on 2 occasions and loved the people. They still go down there about 3 or 4 times yearly.

      I think we have to control who comes across the border, which is obviously a huge problem right now. I wish both sides would work out a solution as I know it is hurting federal workers. I don't understand why Trump can't get a bit of money to build some fencing just to stop this horrible political BS. The border patrol stated they caught a large number of people crossing that came from other countries than any of Latin American.

      I attended a naturalization ceremoney where people came here legally and completed the criteria to become citizens. The people in that court room where ecstatic. They were from all over the world, and I loved the ceremony. They had learned to speak English, and I talked to several people. I was so happy for them. I don't know what the answer is, but it sure is a political football right now.

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      Tim Truzy 

      7 months ago from U.S.A.

      Hi, Eric,

      You nailed it; we need stronger security, but it's a two-pronged thing: stop those guys from passing guns across the border!

      I read in the newspaper, though, we are working down in Honduras to try to combat Ms-13. They need to move those efforts a little closer to the border.

      There are criminals, indeed. But the hard working folk should not be penalized because of that.

      Great article on an important topic.



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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I like your comment. But speaking for my family, we are not innocent as we have shown apathy. - the absence of doing something lovingly.

      More about our family meeting about speaking up in 4. We fail at it.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hi James, I hope you know this is social commentary on an issue usurped political issue. I imagine you live thousands of miles from this border and your perspective should reflect that. My Chow Chow for 15 years was named Kublai Khahn of Xanadu by papers 300 years old. Note I use Khahn instead of Kahn - we do Vietnamese here and it is the name of my "second son - Khahn now prospering here as a legal immigrant who lived with us as his application was processed, so pleased to have been his sponsor.

      Your reference to the Great Wall is cool but only one conquering over it in over 1,000 years -Kublai's Grandfather and father could not conquer over it. And believe me Ghengis tried and tried. But all hulls of a ship have some leaks but without the hull there is no ship.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Happy I just picked my son up from VSL (Vietnamese as a Second Language classes) And hung out waiting and spoke Spanglish with another dad. He assumed I was Mexican as I look it. He knew his from Catholic lessons. A handshake and in the line to get our boys. I wonder what they do in DC for love.

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      Linda Lum 

      7 months ago from Washington State, USA

      Eric, I have no argument with the need for borders; what frosts my cupcakes is that innocent people are being used as pawns in this game of chess.

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      James C Moore 

      7 months ago from The Great Midwest

      The great wall of China didn't stop Kublai Kahn from conquering China. Likewise, the president's proposed wall isn't keeping illegal drugs out of the U.S.A. as long it generates over $100 billion in revenues annually. Also, I appreciate the local level neighbor perspective you bring out in your hub.

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      Mr. Happy 

      7 months ago from Toronto, Canada

      Like I said to a friend not long ago: I do not watch reality tv shows but the one that is happening from the White House, I am watching. Some days ... actually even just yesterday I asked myself if all this can possibly be real?

      It's basically a #$%^-show down there, to put it plainly. What can I say? We have to try to eliminate hate, greed and lies as much as possible. You cannot be neutral on a moving train.

      Thank You for the article and enjoy the weekend!

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill it is disgusting about that political football. You express the idea well. A drained checking account does not even compare to a drained love account.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I have no problem with stronger border security. What I have a problem with is the hyperbole and lies told by the government and the media. This is now a political football, and the side with the stronger leg will punt that ball further. But what do I know? I'm just a chicken farmer next to the wild border of Canada. :)

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Lori for your thoughtful comment and relating your feelings.

      We really need the rain both sides of the border. And we are getting it. I mostly have contact with our local homeless right after the rain.

      But what must these folks trying to cross be enduring. If you have never slept (read that tried) in mud, keep it off your bucket list. And now we will have more sickness. There are not enough toilets.

      Somehow we have to convince people not to take this avenue of entrance.

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      Lori Colbo 

      7 months ago from Pacific Northwest

      The government shutdown and all the immigration controversy are sad. But the borders need securing better. I just read an article that another caravan from Honduras is on their way here. I read another article saying that 21 bodies were found, some burned, in a border town near southern texas. They believe it was the result of two drug cartels fighting over territory. I truly believe we are in a crisis. I admire you for reaching out. It's just a tough situation.

      I lived in Southern California for around twenty years. Orange and Riverside Counties and the Mexican population was huge. Spanish was as prominent as English. I found them to be very hard working people. It bothers me though, that so many who are not in the US legally, are on the welfare rolls and not paying taxes. There is a legal way to do it. Most of the hard drugs, heroin, and meth come from south of the border. It's just a mess. I know there were lots of families in the caravan and it's been hard on the children, but there is a process. I'm glad Mexico is willing to take some in until the process of coming into the US legally is ready. I am praying for our president and for our political parties to come together and get this figured out so that Americans are protected. It's interesting that Obama and Bill and Hillary Clinton are all three on video from the past, talking about the crisis at our borders and something needs to be done. I pray this stand off is over soon and that what is best for America will succeed.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      If you ain't never had a cabbage pie or rice cooked for one meal and then fried for the next and then my special soup for the third get over here. The say refried beans - what? refried twice and then in a tomato potato soup mix. The growers can't sell so they give to roadside Mexican Americans to sell on our back roads. Avocados and Lemons to die for. Everyone is headed to tortillas as much cheaper than bread.

      By golly the whiskey and beer is gone but super cheap Sangria flows in our foods and glasses. Maybe good to settle the tension.

      You almost feel bad for paying the lower price for food that will rot soon. But off the road market is booming and I hope they feed their kids with it.

      I ain't never figured if I was Mexican since I have somewhat lived border wise since about '79. I wonder what makes you a Mexican. Perhaps your friends? I don't think God has told me yet.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John the ladies at the base on officers pensions are starting up food sharing. Filipinos at the lead. We figure to be hunkered down with our friends for ninety days. But the grocery stores cannot stock what they cannot sell.

      And that means the growers are taking a hit. And the contractors have no work so the sales people are out for the count. I think other parts of the country are doing just fine but we are both fighter town and border town so it hits hard. We believe in border security and we pay the price.

      I got a job at the food bank, for two nights next week, food but no money. the LGBT community are gathering money to pay our fuel down to the caravan south of the border. We are in this together.

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Clive. If you throw love and our Lord in the mix they are all silly like Jodah's wooden soldiers.

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      How long is the damn shutdown lasting? I knew nothing about that until a couple of days ago reading posts here.

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      Clive Williams 

      7 months ago from Jamaica

      Mankind and their silly little problems, created by mankind to oppress mankind. Animals rock!

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      Eric Dierker 

      7 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      And John we are hammered by the shutdown. We just have this gig around here, we trust God will guide our leaders. In fighter Town here we are depended on to be vigilante to be ready to defend our country. When the support of that is questioned it is more than our lost income.

      Right on - Leftovers tonight!

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      John Hansen 

      7 months ago from Queensland Australia

      You make the situation so much clearer, Eric. Looking in from outside it is interesting to get the viewpoint of someone who will be directly affected by the building of a wall. It all makes sense.


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