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Old 09-15-2008, 03:42 PM
 
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The men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol guarding the Southern land border come into constant contact with drug and human smugglers, criminals and migrants. Every so often, they even encounter Mexican military personnel making unauthorized incursions across the border into the United States.

The most recent Mexican military incursion occurred last week on the Tohono O’odham Indian Reservation in Arizona. According to reports, the Mexican soldiers crossed the border in a military vehicle and held a Border Patrol agent at gunpoint before escaping back to Mexico.

While the agent who was temporarily detained by the Mexican soldiers was not injured, there is no question that this incident could have ended differently -- especially when the soldiers and agent were armed, and backup was on its way to assist the officer. Nonetheless, this incident raises serious questions about the presence and activities of the Mexican military on the border.

A State Department spokesman, responding to the incursion in Arizona, said the incident stemmed from a “momentary misunderstanding.” This statement is difficult to accept when there have been more than 40 incursions on the U.S-Mexico border since October of last year and over 200 similar encounters since 1996. Clearly, Mexican military incursions are far from a rare occurrence.

The Departments of State and Homeland Security, which have downplayed these encounters in the past, have an obligation to forcefully address this incident and the likelihood of future incursions. We must convey to Mexico that we will not tolerate their soldiers crossing into the U.S. without our knowledge or consent. More importantly, we must continue building fencing and other infrastructure in problematic areas of the border, including those prone to incursions.

In fact, the incursion in Arizona would not have occurred if the Department of Homeland Security adhered to the original border fence mandate included in the Secure Fence Act. The law -- until it was amended -- required that double-layered fencing extending 392 miles East of Calexico, California, to Douglas, Arizona, be completed by May 30, 2008. Instead, the Department of Homeland Security supported a revision in the law to allow for the construction of only 370 miles of fence along the entire U.S.-Mexico border – not the 700 miles that was originally required.


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Old 09-15-2008, 04:28 PM
 
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Simple response to your question, JDubsMom . . .

Pandering Two-Faced Cowards in Washington!

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Old 09-15-2008, 05:26 PM
 
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Simple response to your question, JDubsMom . . .

Pandering Tow-Faced Cowards in Washington!
And dont forget about the ACLU
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:22 PM
 
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From what I've read, it was an error on the part of the Mexican militia, and so it was probably handled well and diffused without incident. If you flip it around, you would want it to remain a non-issue if our militia crossed over into Mexico in error.

The Mexican government would be advised to train their militia better where the border is, as the ratio of those errors is not balanced.
http://www.usatoday.com/news/world/2...s-mexico_N.htm

Personally, I don't think a single fence is ever going to work, however, a DMZ type would, with a kill box policy.

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