Skip to comments.Border Patrol fears conflict with Mexican Military
Posted on 12/19/2005 10:01:28 AM PST by thorshammer
Border Patrol fears conflict with Mexican military Agent: 'It's like we're having a battle that no one speaks of'
Posted: December 19, 2005 12:42 p.m. Eastern
By Jon Dougherty © 2005 WorldNetDaily.com
Border Patrol agents stationed along the nation's southwestern frontier increasingly are fearful of encountering armed and potentially hostile military units from Mexico.
Also, agents say, officers are hamstrung in their response, citing concerns the U.S. government is often too deferential to Mexican authorities.
"It's like we're having a battle on the border that no one speaks of," one agent told the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin newspaper in Ontario, Calif.
"The Border Patrol lives in constant fear of pleasing the consulate general of Mexico," the agent continued. "It's one of the things that's most mystifying to line agents" because the U.S. is one of the most powerful countries in the world but appears to be more interested in accommodating Mexico City, the agent said.
Indeed, the confrontations have become so routine the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued written orders that agents carry with them regarding "what to do" if confronted by Mexican military units, many of which are in the employ of Mexico's powerful drug cartels.
According to the "Military Incursion" cards, "Mexican military are trained to escape, evade and counter-ambush if it will affect their escape." Therefore, the card says, Border Patrol agents should follow recommended procedures in case they encounter armed Mexican military units.
The paper said the cards also instruct agents to hide from Mexican military operating in their areas. Rather than engage in contact, agents are ordered to "Avoid it."
One Arizona agent described the units to the paper, saying they "are active Mexican military that have sold out to the cartels."
"We talk about cooperation with the Mexican government," the agent continued, "but most of them seem to be on the take. The [Bush] administration, the DHS, they are very hushed about this."
Rep. Tom Tancredo, R-Colo., head of the House Immigration Reform Caucus, told WorldNetDaily in a 2002 interview he was concerned about a rising number of incursions occurring along the U.S. southwest border.
Noting that elements of the Mexican military were posing a threat to American agents and civilians along the border, he said, "We're no safer today than we were on Sept. 12," in reference to the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
Tancredo said he began making trips to the border because he became alarmed over increasing reports that border personnel were being shot at on a regular basis, as well as chased and targeted by "rogue elements" of the Mexican military. He said such units either were loyal to Mexican-based drug lords or operating outside the scope of their military mandate.
WND has reported that as early as November 2000, Mexican troops had fired on U.S. Border Patrol agents on American soil.
U.S. authorities also have known for some time that elements of Mexican military and law enforcement units have been corrupted by drug cartels.
"In actuality, law enforcement in Mexico is all too often part of the problem rather than part of the solution," Anthony Placido, the Drug Enforcement Administration's acting assistant administrator for intelligence, told a House panel earlier this year. "This is particularly true at the municipal and state levels of government."
What are we now....the FRENCH?
Seems we do need some muscle on the border after all...
Send ATF down there to prosecute those illegal imports of NFA weapons. They need something to do and it is right up their alley. Kinda like spy vs spy.
SHOOT BACK! With intent!
Any conflict with Mexican troops would be a severe blow to US relations. I doubt the Mexicans would let it happen.
We should not fear engaging the Mexican Army at the border - we should look forward to it. Give us an excuse to sweep into that country, occupy it, and take over their oil reserves. And while we are at it, do a little nation-building, including teaching ENGLISH at all levels, and reforming the government to conform to a truly representative republic based on constitutional priciples and regular relatively fraud-free elections.
Then we might even annex the whole country to the US, once all these other objectives are accopmlished.
BINGO! Border security and immigration enforcement are President Bush's two biggest leadership failures.
Everyone remember this story the next time you are at the airport.
"SHOOT BACK! With intent!'
Give me a break - GW and the RINOs would be asking for the execution of any border patrol agent who might defend himself. GW has no respect from me after calling our citizens "vigilantes". GW is a sell out and two faced backstabber who claims he cares about Americans and our security while allowing rapists, murderers, drug dealers and terrorists to walk into our country scott free only to artificially deflate wages for working americans and help big business.
"Bushbots were not happy as they belief Bush is beyond reproach."
Be careful all of the moderators of these boards are bushbots and if you say anything critical of GW you may get banned as I have. I am hardcore conservative - review my previous posts, but if you dont follow the RINO line you find that you not welcomed.
We could've had it already, when we took what's now the American southwest.
I will be with you!!!!!!
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