One Man’s Effort to Guard the US-Mexico Border
Fifteen years ago, Glenn Spencer left his home in California for a reason: "to help secure the border" between the United States and Mexico.
Spencer now lives on a ranch in Arizona, about 100 meters from the metal barrier that separates the two countries. His one-man effort against illegal immigration has put people crossing the Sonoran Desert at risk.
Spencer says he has reported or captured thousands of people over the past 15 years. He believes most of them were transporting illegal drugs. However, most experts say that drugs are rarely brought across the border that way.
Spencer uses drone aircraft launched from his farm in Cochise County. He developed the drone technology he uses.
"The computer is looking at five miles of information, and then when something happens the algorithm says ‘hey, there's people out there.'"
Spencer leads a group called the American Border Patrol. It is considered a "hate group" by the Southern Poverty Law Center, an organization that reports on and fights discrimination.
Spencer says he has spent one million dollars of his own money to stop the illegal movement of people across the border. He believes it is the reason he was born.
"I just kept digging and digging and digging. The more I dug, the uglier it became..."
Spencer says he wants to show what he calls the truth about illegal immigration. He believes that Mexicans are plotting to take control of the southwestern United States by becoming a voting majority. He says that when immigrants vote in U.S. elections, they are voting in Mexico's best interests. He believes they want to cancel the 1848 Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo. Under the treaty, Mexico gave the United States 1.3 million square kilometers of land.
Spencer is almost 80 years old. He says he is saddened by changes to the local population. He says they show that white people will no longer be in the majority.
"This is not natural. Most of this is because of illegal immigration and what they call anchor babies. And then family reunification. I think we have to put a stop to this because if you get a power bloc of Hispanics -- and they have said this themselves -- they are going to be a swing vote."
Juanita Molina is the head of a rights group called the Border Action Network. She says there are many people along the border who share Spencer's beliefs.
"You see this trend, and you can see this in this presidency, of a culture of scarcity, this feeling that the America that they once knew is slipping away and is being stolen..."
Mo Goldman is an immigration lawyer. He says many people in Arizona reject the actions and beliefs of people like Spencer. He believes Spencer, and those like him, are wasting their time.
"Their viewpoint is: ‘Hey, we're patriotic, we're going to seal up the border, we're going to catch these people and we're going to call the Border Patrol.' You know, if that's what they want to do, fine. (But) I think a lot of people in this community think that that is not the right thing to do and they reject that mentality."
Spencer says many opponents of illegal immigration have stopped giving money to his group because they believe President Donald Trump will close the border. But Spencer says even if others stop supporting him, he will keep watching the border.
He adds, "America can't start over again. That won't happen again. If we lose that, that's it. We have got to keep it. We've got to hold it. We've got to defend it. And that's what I do."
I'm Bryan Lynn.
1.illegal immigration 非法移民
They discussed the drug war in Mexico, illegal immigration and the world recession.
2.seal up 密封
The paper was used for sealing up holes in walls and roofs.
3.slipping away 溜走
I noticed him slipping away before the end of the meeting.
4.illegal drugs 毒品；违禁药物
I have never taken illegal drugs.
1.I think we have to put a stop to this because if you get a power bloc of Hispanics
put a stop to 使...停止
His daughter should have stood up and put a stop to all these rumours.
It's time we put a stop to all these rumors.
2.He adds, "America can't start over again.
start over again 从头再来
Our work was all for nothing, and we must start over again.
Now I have to start over again with somebody else.
15年前，格伦·斯宾塞（Glenn Spencer）离开加利福利亚的家，开始守卫美国和墨西哥的边界 。
斯宾塞现居于亚利桑那州一处距两国边界约100英里的农场里 。他坚定地守卫着边界，威慑着意图横穿索诺兰沙漠的非法移民 。
斯宾塞称自己15年内共举报或抓获了数千名非法移民 。他认为，他们中的大多数人走私非法毒品 。然而，多数专家指出以这种方式携带毒品出境很少见 。
斯宾塞利用从科奇斯县农场起飞的无人机 。这种无人机技术是他自己开发的 。
斯宾塞组织了一个名为“美国边境巡逻队”的机构 。而南方贫困法中心称该机构为“仇恨小队”，据报道该中心是一家与歧视现象作斗争的组织 。
斯宾塞表示，为了打击非法过境活动，他自掏腰包达投入100万美元 。他相信保卫边境是他与生俱来的使命 。
斯宾塞说自己的任务就是揭示所谓的非法移民真相 。他坚信墨西哥人正通过赢得多数选票密谋操控美国西南部 。他说移民在美国选举中投票是在为墨西哥争取利益最大化 。他认为这些墨西哥人想要违反1848年签署的瓜达卢佩-伊达尔戈条约 。条约中规定，墨西哥割让给美国130万平方千米的领土 。
斯宾塞已年近80岁 。他为美国人口的变化感到痛惜 。他认为这些变化说明白人不再是主要群体 。
这很不正常 。主要原因就是非法移民和他们所谓的定锚婴儿以及家庭重组 。我们必须要阻止这一现象，因为如果拉美裔美国人成为中坚力量，他们自己说了，他们将会成为决定性的一票 。”
胡安妮塔·莫丽娜（Juanita Molina）是“边境行动网络”人权组织领导人 。她介绍称，边境周围的很多民众都认可斯宾塞的想法 。
莫戈德曼（Mo Goldman）是一位移民律师 。他说，亚利桑那州很多民众反对斯宾塞这种人的行为和看法 。他相信很多与斯宾塞持同样看法的人只是在浪费时间 。
他们的宗旨是：“我们是爱国主义者 。我们要将边境封锁起来，我们将要抓住这些人，然后向边境巡逻队报告 。”你知道，如果他们铁了心想这么做，没问题 。但是我认为在当今社会，很多人都认为这并非善举并且拒绝这一心态 。
斯宾塞说，很多反对非法移民的人不再资助他的团队了，因为他们认为总统唐纳德·特朗普普（Donald Trump）会关闭边境 。但就算没有人捐助，他仍会坚守边境 。
他补充道：“美国不能重蹈覆辙 。这种事情不能再发生了 。如果不阻止非法移民，那就完了 。我们必须坚守边境，保卫它 。捍卫它 。这就是我所做的 。”