(cross-posted at Independent Thinking)
Though you won't hear it from most major news outlets, Washington Times (along with Newsmax, WND and UPI) reports that a US border patrol agent was recently held at gunpoint by Mexican troops -- on United States Soil. According to the report, Mexican soldiers crossed the border in a fairly isolated location, approached the border agent (who has not been identified) and pointed their rifles at him.
Surprising and outrageous, perhaps -- but even more so is the fact that this is only one over more than 200 such incidents to take place since 1996. Some incidents have not been quite as threatening as this one, while one, which took place in 2002, involved armed Mexican soldiers actually firing on a lone border agent, actually shooting the agent's vehicle with a .50 caliber weapon.
While it is certain that at least some of the 200 incursions by Mexican military onto our soil were accidental (after all, it's not as if there's a border fence...), incidents like the two I've mentioned above are clearly threats to US agents, obvious international incidents, and, if we're to be honest about it, acts of war. These actions may or may not be sanctioned by the Mexican government, but the United States has the right, authority and duty to demand an explanation from Mexico, and extract the promise that these events cease immediately, under threat of severe military consequence.
The fact is, The US Customs and Border Patrol is law enforcement. They are simply not equipped to deal with a threat to national security -- as armed Mexican soldiers entering US property unprovoked clearly is. If only we had a group of trained soldiers whose job it was to guard the nation.
It is long past time to get on the backs of our elected officials about this. It's time to build the damned fence. It's time to militarize the border. It's time for the government to do what we elected them to do: protect the United States of America.