When one country crosses another’s sovereign border and launches an assault on that country’s citizens, it usually grabs headlines because such action is typically viewed as an act of war.
Apparently this is not the case when the Mexican government acts aggressively toward its U.S. counterparts along the southwestern border.
Based on documents obtained from the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Judicial Watch has uncovered the details of an incident on June 26, 2014, in which a Mexican government helicopter crossed into U.S. airspace and opened fire on U.S. Border Patrol personnel located in a clearly marked position. The CBP documents were released in response to a July 9, 2014, Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
There’s history here. Going back a decade
, Judicial Watch has forced both the Bush and Obama administrations to release documents detailing intentional border incursions by Mexican military and other government personnel.
show that Mexican military incursions occur quite often and regularly go unpunished by the U.S. government. For instance, the DHS documents reveal 226 incursions by Mexican personnel into the U.S. between 1996 and 2005. In 2007 alone, 25 such incursions occurred along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Earlier this year a serious incursion occurred in Arizona, in which two heavily armed and camouflaged Mexican soldiers crossed 50 yards over the border and held Border Patrol agents at gunpoint in a tense confrontation.
These new CBP records provide details on the 2014 incident.
[US Border Patrol] Agents
from the Tucson Sector Foreign Operations Branch were parked approximately 100 yards north of the border on the U.S. side when they observed a Mexican LEA helicopter cross north into the U.S. for approximately 100 yards.
The agents then heard and observed two rounds being shot from the helicopter which landed approximately 15 yards to the side of one of the unmarked Border Patrol Vehicles (FOB) they were driving. Also, there were two marked vehicles at the scene next to the unmarked as well.
A total of six Mexican law enforcement helicopters flying near the Represito Ranch were observed by the four agents. Two agents were driving two marked Border Patrol vehicles and two additional agents were in a third, unmarked vehicle when one of the helicopters flew directly north and crossed into the U.S. approximately 100 yards.
The helicopter immediately turned back south into Mexico and landed at the Represito Ranch where Government of Mexico (GOM) officers exited the aircraft. Five GOM officers walked north and approached the International Border Fence where the incident had occurred, and subsequently made contact with the agents.
The GOM officers apologized for the incident and stated that the incident had been reported to their main office in Mexico City, D.F.
California Congressman Duncan Hunter has also done considerable work to highlight this problem, obtaining information from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) that provides some disturbing details. On June 17, 2014, he reported that according to DHS:
- There have been a total of 300 documented incursions since January 1, 2004;
- Of the 300 documented incidents, there were 152 incidents involving armed subjects (totaling approximately 525 subjects);
- Of the 152 incidents involving armed subjects, verbal or physical contact was made with the armed subjects in 81 incidents (approximately 322 armed subjects in total). An encounter with one of these Mexican government law enforcement or military entities does not always equal a standoff or confrontation. It depends on a case-by-case basis where one would have to read the narrative completed on the Significant Incident Report for the specific incursion;
- Of the 81 armed encounters, a total of 131 subjects were detained. While the number of unauthorized incursions by Mexican authorities is relatively few, it is imperative for our officer safety to handle each situation assertively but with sensitivity and professionalism.
It’s not just the Mexican government Americans need to be concerned about, but also foreign powers that could be out to exploit the many vulnerable points along America’s southwestern border. Tens of thousands of “Other than Mexican” illegal aliens (OTMs) have been apprehended by U.S. Border Patrol agents. There are also illegal aliens from Special Interest Countries (SIC) with ties to terrorism that have been caught crossing the border.
The Mexican government initially denied, but later admitted to, the armed incursion. The Mexican government has little regard for the sovereignty of the United States. Mexican military and law enforcement personnel intentionally, and without consequence, cross the border and place U.S. law enforcement and other innocent Americans at risk.
The American people are continually endangered by the Obama administration’s lawless open-borders policy that purposefully fails to protect American citizens and front-line law enforcement from not only the cartels, but also a corrupt, irresponsible Mexican government.
Tom Fitton is the president of Judicial Watch. He is a nationally recognized expert on government corruption. A former talk radio and television host and analyst, Tom is well known across the country as a national spokesperson for the conservative cause. He has been quoted in Time, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and most every other major newspaper in the country. For more of his reports, Go Here Now.
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