Skip to comments.As border security expands, complaints of abuse rise among Americans
Posted on 05/01/2014 1:38:28 AM PDT by RKBA Democrat
A series of lawsuits filed in recent months in federal courts along the U.S. border with Mexico highlight what advocates say is a growing list of complaints against two U.S. agencies that have expanded rapidly amid the clamor to secure the nations borders.
In one lawsuit, centered on events in Chula Vista, Calif., a Border Patrol agent is accused of leaping on the hood of a car driven by a mother of five and shooting her dead. She was unarmed. The agent had been fired from his previous job as a sheriffs deputy for a variety of misconduct.
Critics say the lawsuits, all three filed by U.S. citizens, are part of a pattern thats become endemic to the nations efforts to secure its southern border. In addition to complaints that U.S. Border Patrol agents have used deadly force when their lives were not at risk _ agents have killed 21 people since the beginning of 2010, most of them unarmed migrants _ agents from the two federal agencies that monitor the borders stand accused of mistreating American citizens.
Violent confrontations are only part of the picture. U.S. citizens who live along the border complain that U.S. agents have become a virtual interior police force _ disrespectful of private property, looking for pretexts to search vehicles and detaining residents for hours at checkpoints.
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Anti-border control propaganda is one way to read this article.
If they’d build a double fence with no-man’s-land between that is monitored by technology + national guard, then there’d be no reason for border agents to be firing on mother’s driving on our side of the border.
The “Reserve” should be for the military.
The “National Guard” should be guarding the nation and have the Border Guard, the Coast Guard, and the Air Guard within it and enforcing visas.
Yes, it could be a very subtle attempt to do that. However, in this day and under this President and his underlings controlling these agencies, I’d say it’s more of an atmosphere of “we are God and can do anything” coupled with an abject disregard for competency among its employees.
Having read the article and the wide diversity of situations and cases cited, I can’t believe it’s just an attempt to instill anti-border sentiment.
These agencies don’t care who they hire, and they don’t even screen for even the most obvious signs of potential behavioral problems (being fired from LE, for example), IMO.
I’m sure you’re probably right about the article and about the people hired to be part of the patrol.
However, as a separate issue from this article, don’t you think a real double fence with no-man’s-land between and technological monitoring would be far more effective than what is now taking place?
no...... A fence is pie in the sky especially in Texas.
A mine field would more effective. Snipers at known entry points would be even better. A few hundred bodies piled up and stinking will be a very effective deterrent
I understand what you’re saying.
Looking at the world, though, it is what Israel does, and it’s been pretty effective for them.
This story is basically a one sided opinion piece by the open borders crowd. They think guys chucking rocks at BP agents and trying to run them down with cars isn’t a deadly force threat.
Yes, a real fence system would be all that is required. However, local politics, minorities, ECO freaks et al will never let that happen.
This country has become a miasma of interests over various ethnic victim groups, issue groups like the environmentalists, issue groups that have a need for illegal labor, and political groups seeking new voters, even if they are criminals and not legally allowed to vote.
All of these separate interests now supercede the needs of the collective Americans who work hard, pay taxes, and obey the laws these groups are working to subvert. I call it ‘miasma’ because it is a stench, a sometimes vaporous cloud that crops up wherever it can do more damage. And, in general, it is the foul smell of a decaying country.
The Israeli West Bank barrier is a security and separation barrier (see "Names of the barrier") under construction by the State of Israel along and within the West Bank. Upon completion, the barrier's total length will be approximately 700 kilometres (430 mi). 90% of the length of this barrier is a fence with vehicle-barrier trenches surrounded by an on-average 60 metres (200 ft) wide exclusion area, and 10% of the barrier is an 8 metres (26 ft)-tall concrete wall. As of 2012, 439.7 km (273.2 mi) of barrier (62.1%) have been built, 56.6 km (35.2 mi) (8%) are under construction and 211.7 km (131.5 mi) (29.9%) are projected but construction hasn't begun. The barrier is built mainly in the West Bank and partly along the 1949 Armistice line, or "Green Line" between Israel and Palestinian West Bank. According to the Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem, 8.5% of the West Bank area will after completion be on the Israeli side of the barrier, and 3.4% partly or completely surrounded on the eastern side.