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More than 70 in custody after border gunbattle
Orange County Register ^ | Tuesday, September 22, 2009 | AP

Posted on 09/23/2009 6:12:19 AM PDT by Cvengr

SAN DIEGO – Four people were injured in a gunbattle today involving an attempt to smuggle illegal immigrants from Mexico at the busiest border crossing in the U.S., authorities said.

More than 70 people traveling in three vans involved in the incident were in federal custody, said U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman Angelica DeCima.

Details remained sketchy, but van drivers tried to storm past inspectors at the San Ysidro port of entry and make their way into the U.S. without stopping, DeCima said.

“It was human smuggling, definitely,” said Lauren Mack, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Three of the injured people were in the vans, and a fourth was in another vehicle, DeCima said.

It was unclear how serious the injuries were. An ICE agent and a border officer fired their guns during the shootout, DeCima said. The shootout occurred over nine lines of traffic in the 24 northbound lanes, said Monica Munoz, a San Diego police spokeswoman.

About 40,000 vehicles enter the U.S. each day at San Ysidro, which connects San Diego and Tijuana.

Investigators closed the port to vehicle traffic from Mexico to the United States for hours. Four lanes of traffic are now open at the San Ysidro border, officials said at 9 p.m. The wait time to cross the border was about 15 minutes as of 9 p.m., according to the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: California
KEYWORDS: cartel; illegal; shootout; tijuana
Fox was reporting the border was shut down for 7 hrs after the incident with shots exchanged across the border.
1 posted on 09/23/2009 6:12:19 AM PDT by Cvengr
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To: Cvengr

Guess they want some of that ObamaCare.


2 posted on 09/23/2009 6:14:57 AM PDT by Callahan
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To: Cvengr
So much for the BS reports that illegals are leaving the country more often than slipping in.
3 posted on 09/23/2009 6:15:54 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: Cvengr
An ICE agent and a border officer fired their guns during the shootout, DeCima said.

Rest assured, the ICE Agent and CBPO are amongst the 70 in custody.

4 posted on 09/23/2009 6:16:07 AM PDT by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Cvengr

Oh, puleez. ICE couldn’t have been bothered enough over illegals to have acted. It was probably because those in the back weren’t wearing seatbelts.


5 posted on 09/23/2009 6:16:19 AM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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An ICE agent and a border officer fired their guns during the shootout

Hope they didn't hit anyone in the ass.

6 posted on 09/23/2009 6:16:55 AM PDT by org.whodat (Vote: Chuck De Vore in 2012.)
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To: Cvengr

acorn connection?


7 posted on 09/23/2009 6:17:18 AM PDT by dalebert
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8 posted on 09/23/2009 6:22:54 AM PDT by bcsco (Hopey changey down the drainey...)
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To: dalebert
acorn connection?

Gotta replace them fired Acorn staffers.
9 posted on 09/23/2009 6:24:03 AM PDT by jrg
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To: Cvengr

10 posted on 09/23/2009 6:34:39 AM PDT by kidd (Obama: The triumph of hope over evidence)
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To: bgill

Verbal eyewitness report of an incident 2 months ago, where 2 American couples vacationing in Ensenada, stopped at a Tijuana 4star restaurant before going home. One wife excused herself from the table to go to the Ladies Rm. 15 min later, she hadn’t returned, then searched the area for 30 minutes, but no sign of her.

After looking without success, they went to the Federales/Border Patrol, reported the missing person, and was told to watch the border monitors of cars crossing, while they were filling out the reports. While waiting, the other couple’s wife spotted her in the back seat of a car in line approaching the border.

The Border agents were flagged and the car in question pulled over for inspection. The woman in the back seat had been murdered by her throat being cut, then disemboweled, her corpse packed full of drugs, wrapped in plastic from the neck down, and clothed to sit upright in the back seat to pass through the border.

Apparently such incidents are not reported for over a year during investigation south of the border, and when reported, conveniently labeled as drug related violence.

In this case the kidnapped and murdered victim was a lower middle class American simply vacationing and stopping at a higher end restaurant, and kidnapped while going to the restroom.

You can bet the ICE are becoming much more sensitive, now that all drug possession and use has been decriminalized in Mexico and the unemployment rate in Mexicali is reportedly at 50%. Reports of drug cartel attempts to control the illegal immigration coyotes and migrants to carry drugs when they cross, are more than likely to be convoluted with an uncontrolled criminal social problem.


11 posted on 09/23/2009 6:41:21 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Cvengr

There are truly sick people in this world.


12 posted on 09/23/2009 6:52:21 AM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: Cvengr
Details remained sketchy, but van drivers tried to storm past inspectors at the San Ysidro port of entry and make their way into the U.S. without stopping, DeCima said.

Then more than 70 people should be dead instead of 4 injured and all in custody.

13 posted on 09/23/2009 6:56:23 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: bgill

I still don’t get what is behind those reports of beheadings down around Puerto Nuevo about a year ago, of all the cops.

I can understand appeals to drugs, money, and criminal behavior seeking power, but the incredible heinous nature of these most extremely violent crimes begs for something more to be involved. Demonic possession would seem to be less heinous.

The land itself of the Baja in the international market, would be worth so much more than all the vile murders taking place. Even amongst criminals, such behavior generally isn’t tolerated for long.


14 posted on 09/23/2009 7:00:39 AM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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