This is a doozy!
From an article in the San Bernadino Sun:
The Mexican military has crossed into the United States 216 times in the past nine years, according to a Department of Homeland Security document and a map of incursions obtained by The Sunâs sister newspaper, the Ontario-based Inland Valley Daily Bulletin.
U.S. officials claim the incursions are made to help foreign drug and human smugglers get into the United States. The 2001 map, which shows 34 of the incursions, bears the seal of the presidentâs Office of National Drug Control Policy.
The document states that since 1996, Mexican military personnel have crossed into the following Border Patrol sectors:
- # San Diego County, 17 times
- # El Centro, 58
- # Yuma, Ariz., 24
- # Tucson, Ariz., 39
- # El Paso, Texas, 33
- # Marfa, Texas, eight
- # Del Rio, Texas, three
- # Laredo, Texas, six
- # Rio Grande Valley, Texas, 28.
Kristi Clemens, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, would not confirm the number of incursions, but said Saturday the department is in ongoing discussions with the Mexican government about them.
Border Patrol agents say for several years they have reported sightings and confrontations with Mexican military inside the United States.
âWeâve had armed showdowns with the Mexican army,â? said a border agent who spoke on condition of anonymity. âThese arenât just ex-military guys. These are Mexican army officials assisting drug smugglers.â?
In one 2000 incident, more than 16 Mexican soldiers were arrested by border agents in a small town west of El Paso, in Santa Teresa, N.M., after Mexican soldiers fired on the agents, said T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council.
None of the agents were injured in the gun battle, and State Department officials forced the border agents to release the soldiers and return them to Mexico with their weapons, Bonner added.
âIf (Mexico) is going to put military across our border to threaten our guys, and if their own government canât control it, then we should be treating this as an act of war,â? he said.
In the Tucson sector – where many border agents reported run-ins with the Mexican military – the U.S. Department of Customs and Border Protection formally issued a card to agents with tips on how to deal with incursions by Mexican soldiers.
The âMilitary Incursionâ? card asks agents who come across Mexican soldiers to keep a low profile and use shadows to camouflage and hide.
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., said the numbers show that suggestions for increasing Border Patrol resources or building a fence along the border wonât do enough to secure it.
âIt is a military problem,â? said Tancredo, who supports immigration reform. âWe should commit the military to the border – tomorrow. I mean with armor and weapons.â?
Jim Gilchrist, co-founder of the Minuteman Project, a civilian volunteer group that has monitored the border since April, said Congress must address the serious nature of the military incursions.
âThat number is 20 times larger than even the Minuteman Project organizers are aware of,â? Gilchrist said, referring to the 216 documented incursions. âBut our Congress has turned a blind eye to it because what the American people donât know wonât bother them – thatâs how our representatives think.â?
I am sorry folks but this is unacceptable. We cannot allow the Mexican Army to cross our borders and fire on our Border Agents, or civilians. This scenario just gets worse and worse. We have got to secure our borders, and if we are fighting with the Mexican Army, with or without the Governments permission or knowledge, we have got to treat it like a military problem. We are going to have to deploy troops on the border, and that is all there is to it as far as I am concerned. Their is no problem with Posse Comitatus as long as their mission is limited to defending the border. We have over 11 million illegal immigrants in this country and Mexican/Chicano groups that believe they will repatriate the land they lost after the Mexican- American War, they call the lands Atzlan.
What are you going to do about it? Whine about the cost of lettuce? Believe that no Americans will do the jobs? Tell me they are all decent hard working people that only want a better life?
Well take a good hard look at the link for Atzlan and read the Illegal Immigration Category and tell me there is no emergency. The time for making excuses is over.
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