A couple of weeks
ago, I shared with you a 2006 Border Patrol report highlighting incursions into
the United States on the part of Mexican government officials, including armed
members of the Mexican military. Now, we’ve got the latest information
from 2007. And it is downright frightening.
The report, titled,
“Mexican Government Incidents – 2007 Fiscal Year Report.”
describes 25 confirmed incursions in 2007 along the U.S. - Mexican border
involving Mexican military and/or law enforcement personnel. Among the
MILITARY INCURSION (ARMED/INTENTIONAL) TUCSON/TUCSON – On April 23, 2007,
Border Patrol Agents…reported a Mexican military incursion on the Tres
Bellotas Ranch near Arivaca, Arizona. The agents were using night vision equipment and
observed…seven to ten Mexican military personnel in Humvees carrying long
arms…The agents continued to back away from the [soldiers] when they
heard [one] soldier chamber a round into his rifle. The agents
observed…that the military personnel had fanned out in a tactical
formation on both sides of the US/Mexico International Boundary.
MILITARY INCURSION (ARMED/INTENTIONAL) TUCSON SECTOR/SONOITA SECTOR – On July 5, 2007 a Border Patrol
Agent…encountered six subjects dressed in tan colored BDU style
clothing…A military style Humvee and a black Suburban were parked on the
Mexican side of the border…Two of the subjects appeared to be carrying
bundles of narcotics on their backs.
POLICE INCURSION (ARMED/INTENTIONAL) EL CENTRO SECTOR/CALEXICO STATION – On August 26, 2007, Remote Video Surveillance
System operators…observed a red Ford F150 south of the All American Canal
between the United States and Mexico…Agents…encountered the vehicle
and performed a vehicle stop…The agents found credentials on the driver
indicating that [name redacted] is an Agent of the Mexican Agencia Federal de
Investigation. The agents searched the vehicle and discovered several
items to include: guns, ammunition, narcotics, night vision equipment, cell
phones, a walkie talkie and a ski mask.
It appears the Bush
administration had no intention of releasing this information to the public.
Just like past Border Patrol reports of this nature, we had to file a Freedom
of Information Act request to obtain them. And the Department of Homeland
Security evaluated the information in the report as “For Official Use
Only.” In my view this information must be made public. The
American people should know the truth about the violence on the southern border
so we can demand that our public officials take action.
Our sovereignty is
being violated with impunity by Mexico and it must stop.