January 10, 2006
Terrorism on the border
Vincente Fox's temper tantrum about the US audacity in finally taking baby steps to protect our sovereignty (wow, what a concept!) is mirrored in a more vicious manner by angry smugglers
Mexican alien smugglers plan to pay violent gang members and smuggle them into the United States to murder Border Patrol agents, according to a confidential Department of Homeland Security memo obtained by the Daily Bulletin.Not to worry, though. I'm sure the "A"CLU and its fellow travelers will be still on the border watching those purveyors of true criminality ... the Minutemen.
The Officer Safety Alert, dated Dec. 21, warns agents that the smugglers intend to bring members of the international Mara Salvatrucha street gang also known as MS-13 into the country for the deadly mission.
"Unidentified Mexican alien smugglers are angry about the increased security along the U.S./Mexico border and have agreed that the best way to deal with U.S. Border Patrol agents is to hire a group of contract killers," the alert states.
Intelligence officials last year reported that MS-13 gang members had been linked to terrorists seeking entry into the country.
Michael Friel, a representative with the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said he could not comment directly on the memo, but noted "this wouldn't be the first time agents' lives have been threatened.
Over the past year, Border Patrol agents have warned they are facing more danger than ever before along the divide between the two countries. Many believe stepped-up enforcement by the United States has led to a similar increase in violence by drug smugglers and border crossers.
Last week, agents in Texas reported two separate incidents in which someone fired on them from the Mexican side of the border. Officers in Arizona were issued pocket-sized cards last year with suggested maneuvers in case they encounter Mexican military troops while on patrol.
UPDATE More discussion
Posted by Darleen at January 10, 2006 06:57 AM
Bush's hand-picked crew of Chertoff inc. sure are doing a great job securing our borders,huh?
Posted by: Tazzmax at January 10, 2006 04:01 PM
Don't people realize that this is an act of war? This is international terrorism every bit as much as a truck bomb in the parking garage or cyanide in the water system.
Posted by: Partisan Pundit at January 10, 2006 04:02 PM
Seems to me there's nothing much we can do about illegal immigration from Mexico.
The economics of the issue overrides the ability of the government to deal with it.
Let's face it, not too many Americans want to work in Ag fields, or in the food service industry, especially at the grunge-work level.
Maybe a political union between the US and Mexico might be some kind of answer.
Sort of an EU-type situation for the US/Mexico.
Be nice if we could control our southern borders, but it just doesn't look like it can be done.
Posted by: Carl W. Goss at January 10, 2006 05:37 PM
1) No president has properly addressed illegal immigration in 75 years. In fact it is the one area that I even fault Pres. Reagan in.
2)I agree that it is an infringement on US soveriegnty that any sane government would consider an act of war. However, we have taught the Mexican government since World War I that nothing they do is too outrageous. They keep going farther and farther. Now they are literally building rest areas for their illegal emigrants just on their side of the border.
3)There is lots we can do about illegal immigration. Immediate and unconditional deportation. Banning or heavily taxing wire transfers to Mexico. Getting srious about enforcing labor laws against illegal immigrants.
4)If we get rid of the illegal immigrants, wages and working conditions in the fields they dominate will immediately improve. Free market forces will return to the employment market.
5) No political union with the racist, class-dominated corrupt Mexican government is possible. They will never accept it, and the American people don't need it.
Posted by: Gahrie at January 10, 2006 06:02 PM
Yes, Bu$Hitler is to blame for everything, even your impotence.
Posted by: Darleen at January 10, 2006 06:57 PM
threat removed and reported, along with IP address, to appropriate authorities ... ed.
Posted by: Die at January 10, 2006 10:59 PM
What sort of "political union" are you thinking of? I didn't vote for anybody in the current administration down in Mexico, and I certainly don't want Vicente Fox---or the notoriously corrupt Mexican government---having any say in how I run my day to day to life! Mexico, from all reports I've heard of it, sounds like a very, very messed up society; we Americans have enough problems already.
It's not so much that our Southern borders can't be controlled, as that we aren't trying to control them. (Big business wants "cheap" labor; the left wants more Democratic voters, who will tow the party line.)
We could be doing a lot more; read Gahrie's excellent post.
As for Americans not wanting to do dirty work---plenty of Americanized Asians work very hard, at some very dirty jobs; and all that "cheap" labor doesn't come cheap. Americans pay for it through taxes; they pay for illegals to get their "free" medical care (which is closing emergency rooms all across California); they pay for their "free" schooling in already overloaded public schools, they pay for higher insurance rates, because the illegals don't bother to get any themselves, and they pay for their incarceration, when they go to jail for the many crimes they commit. Oh, and don't forget the high costs entailed by tolerating Hispanic gangs, who have turned large parts of L.A. into battlegrounds.
P.S. And no, looking at the EU, I don't really think that's a good model for American to emulate. It's unable to handle the Islamofacists, for one thing. And, as I stated before---no, I don't want some politico from Guadalajara, or Columbia making laws or laying down rules for Americans.
Darleen---Of course Bushitler is responsible for everything! I have it on good authority that he was responsible for the Black Death, and the mongol invasion of Europe---even though he wasn't born yet! (Ooh, he's a sneaky one, that Bushitler!)
(Heh, heh, heh, sez Fritzie the Talking Kamel.)
Posted by: TalkinKamel at January 11, 2006 11:36 AM
We can rest assured, however, that if our new rulers from Mexico attempt to put on a Christmas Posada, or any other state sanctioned Christmas celebration, the ACLU will be Johnny-on-the-spot, to protect the separation of church and state.
(They'll also protect us from the Minute Men, and the boy scouts! I feel ever so much safer!)
Posted by: TalkinKamel at January 11, 2006 01:41 PM