2006 January 24 Tuesday
Mexican Soldiers Cross Over Into United States Smuggling Drugs

Jerry Seper reports on Mexican soldiers crossing the US border helping drug smugglers.

The U.S. Border Patrol has warned agents in Arizona of incursions into the United States by Mexican soldiers "trained to escape, evade and counterambush" if detected -- a scenario Mexico denied yesterday.

The warning to Border Patrol agents in Tucson, Ariz., comes after increased sightings of what authorities described as heavily armed Mexican military units on the U.S. side of the border. The warning asks the agents to report the size, activity, location, time and equipment of any units observed.

It also cautions agents to keep "a low profile," to use "cover and concealment" in approaching the Mexican units, to employ "shadows and camouflage" to conceal themselves and to "stay as quiet as possible."

The bad President in the White House and the elite club of fools in the US Senate do not care about this sort thing.

Rafael Laveaga of the Mexican embassy in Washington DC would like us to believe that drug smugglers are just dressing up to look like Mexican soldiers. The head of the Border Patrol union thinks this claim is ridiculous.

Laveaga said some drug smugglers headed "both north and south" wear uniforms and drive military-type vehicles, and might have "confused" U.S. authorities.

"Give me a break," said T.J. Bonner, a 27-year Border Patrol veteran who heads the National Border Patrol Council. "Intrusions by the Mexican military to protect drug loads happen all the time and represent a significant threat to the agents.

The FBI acknowledged a recent border stand-off.

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas Men dressed as Mexican Army soldiers, apparent drug suspects and Texas law enforcement officers faced off on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande, an FBI spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Andrea Simmons, an agency spokeswoman in El Paso, told The Associated Press that Texas Department of Public Safety troopers chased three SUVs, believing they were carrying drugs, to the banks of the Rio Grande during Monday's incident.

Men dressed in Mexican military uniforms or camouflage were on the U.S. side of the border in Texas, she said.

The statement by Andrea Simmons of the FBI confirms claims by local officlals of a stand-off with Mexican soldiers and civilian smugglers.

Mexican soldiers and civilian smugglers had an armed standoff with nearly 30 U.S. law enforcement officials on the Rio Grande in Texas Monday afternoon, according to Texas police and the FBI.

Mexican military Humvees were towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the border into the United States, said Chief Deputy Mike Doyal, of the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Department.

Mexican Army troops had several mounted machine guns on the ground more than 200 yards inside the U.S. border -- near Neely's Crossing, about 50 miles east of El Paso -- when Border Patrol agents called for backup. Hudspeth County deputies and Texas Highway patrol officers arrived shortly afterward, Doyal said.

"It's been so bred into everyone not to start an international incident with Mexico that it's been going on for years," Doyal said. "When you're up against mounted machine guns, what can you do? Who wants to pull the trigger first? Certainly not us."

An FBI spokeswoman confirmed the incident happened at 2:15 p.m. Pacific Time.

US federal officials will avoid saying that elements of the Mexican military are crossing over into the United States to smuggle drugs. While it is obvious this is happening do not expect the Bush Administration to send US soldiers down to the border to shoot the border crossing corrupt Mexican soldiers.

Congressman Rick Renzi wants the US to protest diplomatically.

WASHINGTON -- An Arizona congressman yesterday demanded the State Department take "immediate diplomatic action" to stop Mexican military incursions into the United States, saying U.S. Border Patrol agents face a continuing threat of being killed by rogue soldiers protecting drug smugglers.

Two-term Republican Rep. Rick Renzi, in a letter to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said reports of Mexican military units providing armed escorts to drug and alien smuggling operations represent "narco-terrorism in its purest form."

"Our borders are under attack by sophisticated organizations that have no qualms about firing on our Border Patrol units," Mr. Renzi said. "As we get tougher and more committed, so do the organizations committed to smuggling death and terror across our borders."

I think a border wall and some battle-hardened US military veterans brought home from Iraq and sent out to shoot at Mexican Army drug smugglers on US territory would be a better response.

The Minutemen say they have a video of an earlier Mexican military incursion from 2004.

The Minuteman Civil Defense Corps said the 2004 video is an example of the incursions made by the Mexican military during the past 10 years, first reported in the Daily Bulletin on Jan. 15.

"(Minuteman co-founder) Chris Simcox and others were in that area watching for people illegally crossing when they stumbled upon these Mexican soldiers on our side of the border," said Connie Hair, a spokeswoman for the group.

In the video, at least three men in military-style uniforms run from the border fence with automatic weapons toward a Humvee on the Mexican side of the border.

Hair said the incident happened at the border near the San Pedro River in Arizona.

The Bush Administration is morally decadent because they let this nonsense go on. Their protestations of being good Christians count for nothing with me. Their actions and inactions speak louder than their prayers.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2006 January 24 09:00 PM  Immigration Border Control

John S Bolton said at January 24, 2006 11:31 PM:

There is also an especially treasonous quality, in that armed formations of hostiles are allowed to invade, while the US is at war in other countries. The administration apparently likes to show off to traitorous elite elements, in effect, saying: look, we're as disloyal as you! Rewarding disloyalty and hostiles in wartime is very impractical.

Jim said at January 25, 2006 7:00 AM:

the border guards should have USAF air support. not that difficult to call in a strike by a single individual with proper training.

Jorge D.C. said at January 26, 2006 1:39 AM:

Pretty amazing that the FBI is actually confirming this incident.

Sec of State Rice will FLUSH the protest letter from the congressman.

Bob Badour said at January 26, 2006 3:24 PM:

Isn't the mojave full of mothballed army aircraft? What does a Mig go for these days? I bet Arizona or Texas could afford strategic air support.

Drop a really big bomb on the humvee the smugglers are using, and pretty soon we'll know whether it belonged to the Mexican government.

Even cheaper, I bet the border states could arm law enforcement with RPG's and back them with some sort of artillery. Wouldn't a surplus Howitzer do the trick?

Does the US use drone aircraft on the border yet?

Randall is right, in a few years, there will be plenty of veterans around with gobs of experience using drone aircraft to target small groups of heavily armed men in light armored vehicles.

Tom Houchen said at January 30, 2006 7:11 AM:

I think it is about time that the Bush and his administration starts doing something besides sitting on their rears with their heads buried in the sand. Yes it is probably true that mexican president, D. Fox, is threatening the US with "if we don't go along with this incursion of mexicans and their drugs across our borders" they will establish Terrorists camps of various countries in Mexico closer to the US....So when and if Fox does that we can then take a more positive action in the War against Terror!!!.

Fox Hound said at January 31, 2006 9:40 AM:

Wouldn't it be nice if a Mexican Army humvee was blown up on American soil, and the soldiers captured and paraded on video (with a GPS locator to prove this is taking place on American soil). I think it's pretty safe to say that Mexican humvees aren't "up-armored." Send the tape to all national media outlets and upload it onto the internet.

I laugh when a Mexican official claims the border incursions are accidental. Accidentally drive into Texas? Did they accidentally ford the Rio Grande? Was the water not an obvious marker of an international boundary? Even along the Arizona border one can tell.

PolyMathis said at April 19, 2006 10:29 AM:

Thank you for this informative piece. I am especially impressed with the reference work--too many internet sites (or conservative mags for that matter!)make claims that would go a long way if they could be verified (FYI: that last link is defunct). I read this incident in the American Sentinal (Lee Bullinger) that a friend gave me. Naturally, I had to verify it. WOW. In the old days (pre-neo-conservatives) this could border on an act of war (no pun intended!).

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