This morning, Navajo Nation President Kelsey Runningbear vowed to crack down on illegal immigration flowing into the Navajo reservations from the United States.
"We must stop the flood of white people coming onto our land," Runningbear said to the cheering Navajo crowds. "They take away our jobs, they take away our homes, and threaten to overwhelm our fragile economy and social services. Not to mention the fact that they often bring diseases like tuberculosis and AIDS, and spread gang violence into our nation through drug smuggling operations. This will no longer be tolerated by my administration."
There has been an increase over the past decade in the number of white Americans crossing the borders into Native American reservations. It is believed that many of these Americans come in order to buy duty-free cigarettes and gamble at casinos, but a large number of them remain in the reservations as illegal immigrants.
To combat the tide of whites, the Navajo government will establish a new agency known as the Navajo Border Patrol. This agency will construct a high wall surrounding the Navajo reservation, and armed police officers will patrol the wall with helicopters and trucks. Any whites found crossing the border illegally will be arrested and returned to the United States.
Yesterday, President Runningbear began talks with Apache and Sioux tribes in an effort to persuade other Native American nations to join the cause. His ultimate goal is to form a continuous border along all Native American reservations to seal them off from the United States.
According to polls, ninety-four percent of the Navajo public supports President Runningbear's new policy.
"I agree with our president," said Nathan Proudeagle, a 45-year old truck driver. "I think there are entirely too many white people coming into this country. Let them go back where they came from. Just last week, I went to a 7-Eleven and a white man came in who didn't speak a word of Navajo. If you're going to live in our land, you need to learn the language."