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Mexico's Lawless Border Presents Washington With Its Biggest Test
Human Events ^ | February.3 2006 | Congressman Tom Tancredo

Posted on 02/02/2006 9:30:22 PM PST by Reagan Man

Two events last month on the Mexican border, one in Texas and one in California, highlight the challenge the U.S. faces on our Southern border. They illustrate how not only vulnerable our border is but also why it is difficult to fix the problem. Mexico won’t or can’t control its side of the border, and the U.S. doesn’t want to embarrass Mexico by admitting that fact publicly.

On the afternoon of January 23, three SUVs crossed from Mexico into Texas 50 miles southeast of El Paso at a shallow place in the Rio Grande called Neely’s Crossing by the locals. The three SUVs were spotted two miles from the river near Interstate 10 by Hudspeth County sheriff deputies. When the deputies gave chase, the SUVs turned around and headed back to the river. This happened in broad daylight, not under the cloak of darkness.

At the river crossing, the sheriff deputies observed a military-style Humvee with a mounted 50-caliber machine gun waiting for the caravan on the U.S. side of the river. One SUV blew a tire short of the river and was abandoned by the smugglers. It was later found to contain 1477 pounds of marijuana. A second vehicle made it across the river, but the third got stuck. A dozen men in battle dress uniforms and automatic rifles appeared on the Mexican side and proceeded to help unload a dozen or more bales of contraband from the marooned SUV.

The Texas sheriff deputies and state highway patrol were helpless to stop the recovery of the contraband because they were outgunned and outmanned. After unloading their cargo, the Mexicans set fire to the SUV and left it burning in the riverbed. All of this was photographed by Hudspeth County sheriff deputies.

In Tijuana, Mexico, two days later, a sophisticated tunnel was found under the U.S.–Mexico border, running 800 yards from near the Tijuana airport to a warehouse on the U.S. side. The warehouse had two trucks and a van inside, and the tunnel contained several tons of marijuana. Authorities said that four tunnels had been uncovered in California in recent months. This latest one has a cement floor, lighting, and is large enough for people to walk through. We do not yet know how long the tunnel had been in operation.

Texas’s Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West is certain the Humvee with a mounted machine gun seen at Neely’s Crossing and the dozen men in military style uniforms were Mexican military. He has lived on the border all his life, speaks Spanish fluently and has had considerable interface with Mexican military and Mexican police over the years.

The U.S. Border Patrol has seen dozens of similar Mexican military incursions into the U.S., which often occur in connection with drug smuggling. Many of the sixteen county sheriffs who make up the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition can tell stories about similar incidents along the Rio Grande involving the Mexican military. There have been over 200 documented incursions by Mexican military or police from 1996 through 2005 according to the Department of Homeland Security, and several Border Patrol agents have been wounded in these encounters.

The reaction of the Mexican government to the reports of the incident was predictable -- a mixture of denial, confusion and evasion. At first, they said that there are no Humvees in the arsenal of the Mexican military in that region and that the smugglers were using stolen military equipment and uniforms. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Derbez had the chutzpah to say the smugglers may have been U.S. military disguised as Mexicans.

The Mexican government also announced that military forces have now been ordered not to go within three kilometers of the border. This raises the question of who is supposed to be policing the border on the Mexican side if the military has been withdrawn. The municipal police departments in most Mexican border towns -- from Matamoros to Ciudad Juarez, Agua Prieta to Tijuana -- are riddled with individuals on the payroll of the drug cartels.

Equally disturbing was the official U.S. response. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chetoff downplayed the significance of the event by saying that most Mexican military incursions over the years have been "accidental." The Border Patrol station in El Paso was told by headquarters to avoid speculation on the identity of the smugglers, and the El Paso FBI office said it is not part of any investigation. Sheriff West said a week after the event that no one in the FBI or any federal agency had yet contacted him as part of any investigation.

Let’s think about the ramifications of the official reactions by these two governments, the Mexican and the American. First, does the Mexican government really want to say to the world that the drug cartels can operate freely along the border with stolen military weapons, uniforms and Humvees and the Mexican military is powerless to stop them? Does it make a big difference if they are off-duty military assisting the smugglers? Are we supposed to find that acceptable, that drug cartels can operate freely within a three kilometer radius of the1900-mile international border?

On the U.S. side, does DHS and the State Department want us to believe that Hudspeth County law enforcement eyewitnesses are ignorant or incapable of identifying Mexican military vehicles and uniforms? Is Secretary Chertoff and the federal government in a state of wholesale denial about the extent of Mexican military corruption and involvement in the multi-billion dollar drug smuggling business? Of course not. The sad truth is that the FBI, DEA and Border Patrol know exactly what’s going on, but our federal government is more concerned about saving face for the Mexican government than telling the truth to the American people.

Let’s get real, folks. If Mexico is now admitting that it is unable to control the smuggling activity on its side of the border, then it is time for the U.S. to recognize this reality and change our policies accordingly. The first step is for the Border Patrol and local law enforcement in our 26 border counties to be given weapons that match the firepower of the drug cartels. The “Operation Linebacker” program now functioning in Texas needs to be expanded to all four of our border states. The Border Patrol should adopt new rules of engagement for confrontations with armed drug smugglers -- it should at least be allowed to return fire when fired upon. Both the Border Patrol and local law enforcement should be allowed to engage in "hot pursuit" of smugglers caught in criminal activity on our side of the border.

Law enforcement officers should not have to endure the humiliation of standing by as mere observers while smugglers recover their cargo only 90 feet away, and Border Patrol agents must not be sitting ducks for snipers across the border. Texas law enforcement agencies are circulating intelligence reports that the drug cartels are preparing to become more aggressive in protecting their drug shipments from seizures by U.S. law enforcement. It is urgent that our first responders, the Border Patrol and local law enforcement, be given the tools and the weapons to defend themselves and accomplish their mission.

It is widely understood by local law enforcement agencies and the Border Patrol, as well as the FBI and the DEA, that high-ranking members of the the Mexican military in the border regions are often bribed to cooperate in the drug cartel’s smuggling operations. The corruption of law enforcement agencies within Mexico is pervasive in the border regions. Honest prosecutors, police officers and military commanders are under constant threat and are frequently the victims of assassinations.

With regard to the situation in Tijuana, a city long famous for "mordita" and deep-rooted corruption, it is hard to understand how 800-yard tunnels like the one discovered last week can be excavated, equipped and operated without the knowledge of Tijuana law enforcement. How many hundreds or thousands of illegal aliens of various nationalities are being smuggled into California through such tunnels? Blocking such tunnels is not only a matter of drug enforcement; it is a matter of national security. Perhaps the Border Patrol should have the right to search for tunnels jointly with Mexican authorities up to 1000 yards inside Mexico.

Local officials on the U.S. side of the border have begun to take steps to protect their communities from the incipient lawlessness spilling across the border as a direct result of the federal government’s neglect of border security. In Texas, sixteen border county sheriffs met in 2005 to organize the Texas Border Sheriffs Coalition to combat smuggling and escalating criminal violence. They are now coordinating closely with the Border Patrol and doing joint operations. Federal support for the coalition’s “Operation Linebacker” is part of the border security bill passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in December and now under consideration in the Senate.

The Mexican government must stop making excuses, stop treating crime as a public relations problem, and start dealing vigorously with the deep corruption in its border states. Perhaps the threat of an organized tourist boycott would get their attention. Americans could start spending their tourist dollars in Jamaica, Costa Rica and South Padre Island instead of Cancun, Acapulco and Cabo.

The most important thing is that our federal government must start leveling with the American people about the dangers and the scope of the problem. We must secure the border through whatever combination of physical barriers, technology and manpower that will get the job done. As a short-term solution, deploying the National Guard to back up the Border Patrol also makes a lot of sense.

Every U.S. law enforcement agency knows that many of these border incursions are not accidents. They are symptoms of a growing anarchy within Mexico and along our border. It is time for Secretary Chertoff and the President to wake up and confront the problem honestly.


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; border; bushamnesty; dhsdriveling; immigrantlist; mehlmansbuds; mexicanborder

1 posted on 02/02/2006 9:30:23 PM PST by Reagan Man
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To: Reagan Man
Every U.S. law enforcement agency knows that many of these border incursions are not accidents. They are symptoms of a growing anarchy within Mexico and along our border.
2 posted on 02/02/2006 9:32:16 PM PST by Reagan Man (Secure our borders;punish employers who hire illegals;stop all welfare to illegals)
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To: Reagan Man
The Mexican government must stop making excuses, stop treating crime as a public relations problem, and start dealing vigorously with the deep corruption in its border states.

Yeah right! We may as well expect the entire Mexican government to step down and admit that it is corrupt.

3 posted on 02/02/2006 9:34:20 PM PST by Fruitbat
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To: Reagan Man

bookmarked


4 posted on 02/02/2006 9:36:07 PM PST by stylin_geek (Liberalism: comparable to a chicken with its head cut off, but with more spastic motions)
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To: Reagan Man

Shut down the border for 90 days and prohibit all wire transfers of money between the U.S. and Mexico. Watch the Mexican government capitulate and/or collapse. Either way, it would be an improvement over the status quo.


5 posted on 02/02/2006 9:38:23 PM PST by peyton randolph (As long is it does me no harm, I don't care if one worships Elmer Fudd.)
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To: Reagan Man

President Bush: Please embarrass Mexico.


6 posted on 02/02/2006 9:54:41 PM PST by Octar
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To: Reagan Man
Mexico-Nogales-Border
7 posted on 02/02/2006 10:16:26 PM PST by seastay
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To: Reagan Man

BUMP!


8 posted on 02/02/2006 10:42:49 PM PST by EternalVigilance (www.usbordersecurity.org)
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To: 1_Inch_Group; 2sheep; 2Trievers; 3AngelaD; 4Freedom; 4ourprogeny; 7.62 x 51mm; A CA Guy; ...

ping


9 posted on 02/03/2006 12:05:01 AM PST by gubamyster
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To: Reagan Man

Disgusted-with-this-whole-situation BUMP!


10 posted on 02/03/2006 5:19:31 AM PST by Gritty
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To: Reagan Man; xVIer; wolfcreek; Buffettfan; bordergal; serendepitylives; SuzyQue; houeto; tropical; ..

Tancredo Ping!

Please FReepmail me if you want on or off this South Texas/Mexico ping list.


11 posted on 02/03/2006 8:09:38 AM PST by SwinneySwitch (Terroristas-beyond your expectations!)
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To: Reagan Man
Washington With Its Biggest Test

If this is a test, the Senate is about to get an "F".

President Bush failed a long time ago.

Tancredo in 2008!

12 posted on 02/03/2006 8:15:15 AM PST by jackbenimble (Import the third world, become the third world)
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To: Reagan Man
If they would let me in the Bush ranch this weekend, I would tell him myself. (FAT CHANCE) I cannot believe the Feds know this crap is going on and refuse to acknowledge it to the American public (other than a stupid travel advisory) or do a damn thing to sway Mexico. Gov. Perry realizes what's happening but, he's not going to do anything in an election year.
13 posted on 02/03/2006 9:19:09 AM PST by wolfcreek
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To: gubamyster

Protect our borders and coastlines from all foreign invaders!

Support our Minutemen Patriots!

Be Ever Vigilant ~ Bump!


14 posted on 02/03/2006 10:14:50 AM PST by blackie (Be Well~Be Armed~Be Safe~Molon Labe!)
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To: Stellar Dendrite; NRA2BFree; Happy2BMe; Spiff; Pelham; Das Outsider; moehoward; ...
*PING*

IBTBB?

In before the Bush 'Bots?

A big pro-Tancredo Bump!

The most important thing is that our federal government must start leveling with the American people about the dangers and the scope of the problem. We must secure the border through whatever combination of physical barriers, technology and manpower that will get the job done. As a short-term solution, deploying the National Guard to back up the Border Patrol also makes a lot of sense.

Unless you are a residente of La Hacienda Blanco...

Every U.S. law enforcement agency knows that many of these border incursions are not accidents. They are symptoms of a growing anarchy within Mexico and along our border. It is time for Secretary Chertoff and the President to wake up and confront the problem honestly.


Ahead Sell-Out Factor 10, Mr. Chertoff!

15 posted on 02/03/2006 11:29:04 AM PST by Itzlzha ("The avalanche has already started...it is too late for the pebbles to vote")
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To: Reagan Man
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chetoff downplayed the significance of the event by saying that most Mexican military incursions over the years have been "accidental." The Border Patrol station in El Paso was told by headquarters to avoid speculation on the identity of the smugglers, and the El Paso FBI office said it is not part of any investigation.

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Dear Washington, D.C,-

WAKE UP & SMELL THE INVASION!

Sincerely,

The People

16 posted on 02/03/2006 11:37:38 AM PST by MamaTexan (I am NOT a ~legal entity~, nor am I a *person* as created by law!)
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To: MamaTexan
El Presidente's reaction to the invasion from Mexico:

::::::::zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz::::::::
17 posted on 02/03/2006 12:55:46 PM PST by GarySpFc (De Oppresso Liber)
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To: Reagan Man

I hate to say this... it really pains me to do so, but Bush Lies when it comes to the border lawlessness. He just flatout, baldfaced lies like a rug. Fibs, makes up stories, denies, misleads, makes counteraccusations. I don't hope this policy literally blows up in their faces, but when it does I'm not going to be very sympathetic. Because he doesn't seem to be very sympathetic to us.


18 posted on 02/03/2006 1:00:40 PM PST by Flavius Josephus (Enemy Idealogies: Pacifism, Liberalism, and Feminism, Islamic Supremacism)
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To: Reagan Man
Mexico's Lawless Border Presents Washington With Its Biggest Test

They'll get right on this, like in a decade or two.

19 posted on 02/03/2006 3:06:00 PM PST by Pelham ("Borders? We don' need no stinking borders!")
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To: Itzlzha; HiJinx; gubamyster
Mr. President: DO YOUR SWORN DUTY!


U.S. Constitution Article 4 Section 4:

"The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government,

and shall protect each of them against Invasion;"


Invasion: \In*va"sion\, n. [L. invasio: cf. F. invasion. See Invade.] [1913 Webster]

1. The act of invading; the act of encroaching upon the rights or possessions of another; encroachment; trespass.


20 posted on 02/03/2006 6:40:58 PM PST by Travis McGee (--- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com ---)
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To: Reagan Man

Mexico's lawless border? Who cares about Mexico's border? Our job to to protect OUR lawless border. Our responsibility is to seal it off and protect American citizens from being victimized by foreign murderers, terrorists and drug dealers. Washington politicians have failed their fellow citizens.


21 posted on 02/04/2006 5:55:28 AM PST by Buffettfan
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To: Reagan Man
Mexico's Lawless Border Presents Washington With Its Biggest Test

Grade: F-

Effort: F-

Teacher's Comments:

"'Washington' does not pay attention nor listen well. It twiddles it's thumbs while pretending to do it's work."

22 posted on 02/04/2006 5:59:48 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: F16Fighter
Teacher's Comments:

"'Washington' does not pay attention nor listen well. It twiddles its thumbs while pretending to do its work."

LOL! Good, strict teacher.


23 posted on 02/04/2006 7:32:47 AM PST by arasina (So there.)
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To: Reagan Man

And if those incidents weren't enough, get a peek at this!

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1571673/posts


24 posted on 02/04/2006 7:34:55 AM PST by azhenfud (He who always is looking up seldom finds others' lost change.)
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To: arasina

An "apple" for the teacher? ;-)


25 posted on 02/04/2006 7:41:19 AM PST by F16Fighter
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To: azhenfud
Last night, Anderson Cooper of CNN, did an amazing job focusing on the drug trafficking and Children's Sex Slave operations out of Tijuana, which is spilling over into OUR country. Read this example and weep for the children.

The Girls Next Door By PETER LANDESMAN Published: January 25, 2004

"The house at 1212 1/2 West Front Street in Plainfield, N.J., is a conventional midcentury home with slate-gray siding, white trim and Victorian lines. When I stood in front of it on a breezy day in October, I could hear the cries of children from the playground of an elementary school around the corner. American flags fluttered from porches and windows. The neighborhood is a leafy, middle-class Anytown. The house is set back off the street, near two convenience stores and a gift shop. On the door of Superior Supermarket was pasted a sign issued by the Plainfield police: ''Safe neighborhoods save lives.''

The store's manager, who refused to tell me his name, said he never noticed anything unusual about the house, and never heard anything. But David Miranda, the young man behind the counter of Westside Convenience, told me he saw girls from the house roughly once a week.

''They came in to buy candy and soda, then went back to the house,'' he said. The same girls rarely came twice, and they were all very young, Miranda said. They never asked for anything beyond what they were purchasing; they certainly never asked for help. Cars drove up to the house all day; nice cars, all kinds of cars. Dozens of men came and went. ''But no one here knew what was really going on,'' Miranda said. And no one ever asked.

On a tip, the Plainfield police raided the house in February 2002, expecting to find illegal aliens working an underground brothel. What the police found were four girls between the ages of 14 and 17. They were all Mexican nationals without documentation. But they weren't prostitutes; they were sex slaves. The distinction is important: these girls weren't working for profit or a paycheck. They were captives to the traffickers and keepers who controlled their every move.

''I consider myself hardened,'' Mark J. Kelly, now a special agent with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security), told me recently. ''I spent time in the Marine Corps. But seeing some of the stuff I saw, then heard about, from those girls was a difficult, eye-opening experience.''

The police found a squalid, land-based equivalent of a 19th-century slave ship, with rancid, doorless bathrooms; bare, putrid mattresses; and a stash of penicillin, ''morning after'' pills and misoprostol, an antiulcer medication that can induce abortion. The girls were pale, exhausted and malnourished"...snip.

So much for Illegals coming to the US to do the jobs lazy Americans won't do. So much for them coming here for a "better life"..

sw

26 posted on 02/04/2006 8:16:53 AM PST by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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