Skip to comments.Standoff in Texas involved men in Mexican Army uniforms
Posted on 01/24/2006 11:16:03 AM PST by dennisw
SIERRA BLANCA, Texas Men dressed as Mexican Army soldiers, apparent drug suspects and Texas law enforcement officers faced off on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, an FBI spokeswoman said Tuesday. Andrea Simmons, an agency spokeswoman in El Paso, told The Associated Press that Texas Department of Public Safety troopers chased three SUVs, believing they were carrying drugs, to the banks of the Rio Grande during Monday's incident.
Men dressed in Mexican military uniforms or camouflage were on the U.S. side of the border in Texas, she said.
Simmons said the FBI was not involved and referred requests for further details to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The Inland Valley Daily Bulletin of Ontario, Calif., reported Tuesday that the incident included an armed standoff involving the Mexican military, suspected drug smugglers and nearly 30 U.S. law enforcement officers. It said Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border into the United States.
The incident follows a story in the Bulletin on Jan. 15 that said the Mexican military had crossed into the United States more than 200 times since 1996.
Chief Deputy Mike Doyal of the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department told the newspaper that Border Patrol agents called for backup and were joined by Hudspeth County deputies and DPS troopers. Mexican army personnel had several mounted machine guns on the ground more than 200 yards inside the U.S. border, the newspaper said.
Doyal said deputies captured a Cadillac Escalade that had been reported stolen from El Paso, and found 1,477 pounds of marijuana inside. He said Mexican soldiers set fire to one of the Humvees stuck in the river.
The site is near Neely's Crossing, about 50 miles east of El Paso, it said.
"It's been so bred into everyone not to start an international incident with Mexico that it's been going on for years," Doyal said. "When you're up against mounted machine guns, what can you do? Who wants to pull the trigger first? Certainly not us."
After the newspaper reported on Mexican military crossings, Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said the report was overblown and most of the incursions were just mistakes.
In eastern California, Arizona and New Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico border is largely unmarked. But in Texas, the Rio Grande separates the two countries and even when dry, is a riverbed about 200 feet wide.
In November, Doyal said Border Patrol agents in the border town of Fort Hancock called for help after confronting more than six men dressed in Mexican military uniforms. The men allegedly were trying to bring more than three tons of marijuana across the Rio Grande, Doyal told the newspaper.
Doyal said such incidents are common at Neely's Crossing.
The sheer brazenness off these third world desperadoes. That's what happens when our hacks in DC make a joke of illegal immigration. Hacks of both parties, right and left, conservative and liberal. A pox on all your houses for betraying American sovereignty
ATF where art thou?
oh wait! the invasion is a mistake!
Fox in a message to Bush:
"Sorry Pres. Bush. It was an accident. We're so sorry that we didn't see and/or kill your government's agents before crossing that 200 foot wide river! We will do better next time, and make sure to cross that border only when U.S. agents are not staring at us."
These guys could handle it.
The Army is paid off to move the drugs for them, what a serious issue. If this is not terrorism I do not know what is then.
on the USA side of the border? shoot first and ask questions later
No children, no pets, no pregnant women to slam against the wall = no fun.
..."It's been so bred into everyone not to start an international incident with Mexico that it's been going on for years,"...
Since it has been going on for years, then it is already more than an International Incident. In fact, it's a war.
A war we are losing, with the cooperation of the resident of Los Hacienda Blanco.
I don't see how one can condemn John Kerry for meeting the North Vietnamese in Paris and not condemn Bush for ordering our military to stay in their barracks when we are under attack right here in our homeland.
Like I said on other threads, some of the Mexican Army are running drugs.
Nothing to see here, just another isolated incident, move along, people.
Change that to "some in the Mexican Army".
I imagine ol Jackboot John Magaw is suiting up his new group of Homeland Insecurity Goons right now.
But when has he ever targeted anyone but innocent Americans in their own homes?
If today's MSM was working in 1939:
Men dressed as German soldiers, and Panzer Divisions with German military markings were reported as invading Poland yesterday...
Or better yet... "Jorge, my old friend... I am so disappointed in you. Your people gave us assurances that the Ahmerican Goobernment would not be conducting patrols at daht time. Please to explain to me, your dear frien' Vicente, what you will do to see daht dees doess not hahppen again. Gracias."
All clear on the right? All clear on the left? The firing line is clear. Shooters, rotate your selector lever from "safe" to "semi" and commence firing. Some lesson are hard.
"There is No Mexican Army violating our border.
None, I tell you! We don't know who they are."
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