In yet another example of the Mexican Military's illegal incursions onto U.S. soil, a U.S. boarder agent (yet to be identified) was held at gunpoint Sunday 8/03/2008 in Tucson Arizona, by members of the Mexican Military until back-up arrived.
The Washington Times reported the story today which in itself is a tragedy and a complete failure on the part of the MSM to report on the numerous incidents, like this one.
From the Washington Times:
Agents assigned to the Border Patrol station at Ajo, Ariz., said the Mexican soldiers crossed the international border in an isolated area about 100 miles southwest of Tucson and pointed rifles at the agent, who was not identified.
It was unclear what the soldiers were doing in the United States, but U.S. law enforcement authorities have long said that current and former Mexican military personnel have been hired to protect drug and migrant smugglers.
The Local 2544 in Tucson Arizona had this to say:
8-3-08 A Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent was held at gunpoint by the Mexican military last night south of Ajo. Mexican military personnel crossed over the border and pointed rifles at him. Backup units arrived from the Ajo Border Patrol station, and the Mexican military personnel eventually returned to Mexico. Unfortunately, this sort of behavior by Mexican military personnel has been going on for years. They are never held accountable, and the United States government will undoubtedly brush this off as another case of "Oh well, they didn't know they were in the United States." A few years ago the Mexican military went a step further and put a .50 calibre rifle round through the rear window of a Border Patrol agent's patrol vehicle south of Ajo. Nothing was ever done. Nobody was ever held accountable. Particularly galling is the fact that the Mexican military often pulls these stunts in Humvees donated to them by the American taxpayers (although they were apparently on foot this time). We note that Border Patrol agents have historically driven worn-out, junk vehicles.We will withhold further comment on this incident until we see how our leaders handle it. We don't have much confidence in most of them. It is fortunate that this incident didn't end in a very ugly gunfight.
The main problem here is how officials react to these incidents like the response from Ricardo Alday, spokesman at the Mexican Embassy in Washington
...said Tuesday that Mexico and the United States are engaged in "an all-out struggle to deter criminal organizations from operating on both sides of our common border.""Law enforcement operations have led, from time to time, to innocent incursions by both U.S. and Mexican law enforcement personnel and military units into the territory of both nations, and in particular along non-demarcated areas of our border," he said. "We always try to solve these incidents in a cooperative fashion, and as acknowledged by the Border Patrol, this was the case in the episode at Ajo," he said.
The Washington Times reported that "since 1996, there have been more than 200 confirmed incursions by the Mexican military into the United States." 200 confirmed incursions by the Mexican military? This is completely unacceptable and Alday using the terms innocent incursions is the biggest misnomer since Barack started using Hope and Change!
The fact is these incidents are anything but innocent and most everyone involved knows that the Mexican soldiers are providing security and cover for drug runners.
In 2002 heavily armed Mexican soldiers riding in a Humvee shot at a Border Patrol agent. A .50-caliber bullet ripped through the agent's rear window as he sped away.
Last year U.S. law enforcement were accosted by automatic weapons fire as they chased and caught a drug-smuggler in TX - The drug-smuggler was trying to flee back into Mexico.
"January 2007, when heavily armed men in Mexican military uniforms fired on Texas officers with a .50-caliber machine gun mounted on a camouflaged Humvee... At that time, deputies found 1,400 pounds of marijuana in one of the vehicles abandoned after it blew a tire early in the pursuit."
"In November 2007, the Border Patrol chased a dump truck full of marijuana in the same area when it also got stuck in the river while trying to return to Mexico. While agents sought to unload 3 tons of marijuana, the driver - who had fled - returned with a heavily armed group of men wearing Mexican military uniforms and carrying military-style weapons.
The soldiers backed the agents away and bulldozed the truck back into Mexico."
Nothing has ever been done about these instances and nothing is likely to be done if we don't, as a society - as a nation, demand that 1) the fence be built immediately 2) Mexico is informed, in no uncertain terms, that illegal boarder crossing will be seen as attack on our sovereignty and will be met by extreme force. 3) That the National Guard and the Boarder Patrol be given engagement orders that coincide with #2
On top of that we need to remove the magnets that attract illegal immigrants to the U.S. No workable reform is worth talking about without addressing social program magnets, handouts, the failed drug war, and the dishonest practice of using cheep illegal labor!
You should be outraged at this, I know I am... This happened in McCain's back yard so I hope he address this problem, in fact, he needs to continue to speaking about illegal immigration and not let it fall to the bottom of the page. As for Barack Obama I don't see him even acknowledging this issue let alone advocating we do anything other than offer illegal immigrants amnesty and making it easier for them to flood into this country by the millions. I'll be happy to be proven wrong by the Jr. Senator for Illinois... but not holding my breath.