Saturday, February 11, 2006

Rising Violence Along Mexican Border

February 11, 2006

U.S. Cites Rise in Violence Along Border With Mexico

By RACHEL L. SWARNS

WASHINGTON, Feb. 10 — Mexican criminal syndicates are stepping up their attacks on American agents patrolling the border as officials of the Homeland Security Department intensify efforts to stem the flow of immigrants and drugs into the United States, American officials said this week.

In recent months, scores of Border Patrol agents have been fired upon or pelted with large stones as well as with cloth-covered stones that have been doused with flammable liquid and set ablaze. Since October, agents have been attacked in more than 190 cases, officials said on Thursday.

Most of the attacks have occurred along the Mexican border near San Diego, but shootings have also been reported along the border in Texas near the cities of Laredo and McAllen. In the fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, there were 778 attacks on agents, up from 374 in the previous fiscal year, Homeland Security Department officials said.

One stone struck an agent in the eye; a gunshot hit an agent in the leg. The officials could not say precisely how many officers had been injured in the attacks, which have originated from both sides of the border.

"This is what we're facing," said David V. Aguilar, the Border Patrol chief, who played a videotape at a news conference on Thursday that featured a patrol car riddled with bullets and agents scrambling for cover as stones rained down on them. "This is a very serious type of situation."

The homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, who led the news conference, said officials planned to continue their efforts at securing the United States-Mexico border.

This week President Bush asked Congress to increase the Homeland Security Department's budget by nearly 6 percent. The Border Patrol would receive an extra $459 million to hire 1,500 new agents, bringing the total force to about 14,000. An additional $410 million would be allocated to add 6,700 beds for detainees so fewer illegal immigrants would have to be released before being deported. Another $100 million would be spent on cameras, sensors and other detection technology.

Mr. Chertoff said the department planned to focus on illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico, who have typically been released after apprehension because of shortages of beds. Last fall, he expanded the use of summary deportations, a process known as expedited removal, in which illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico are detained and then deported without seeing an immigration judge.

But officials have struggled to find space for family groups and remain unable to process illegal immigrants from El Salvador because of a court ruling from the 1980's, when civil war wracked that country, that requires officials to allow Salvadorans to see judges before deportation.
Nationwide, 18,207 illegal immigrants from countries other than Mexico, nearly 60 percent of the total apprehended, were released on their own recognizance in the first three months of this fiscal year.

Officials of the Homeland Security Department said they were making headway in detaining and deporting these illegal immigrants. They are also working on finding more space for families and battling to change the rule regarding Salvadorans.

As for the violence on the border, the officials said Mexico had deployed 300 federal officers along its side of the border to help out. But many of the Mexican gangs remain entrenched.
Last week, immigration officials announced that they had seized a cache of weapons, including materials for 33 explosive devices, assault weapons and machine gun assembly kits, in Laredo. Officials believe the weapons were intended for criminals in Mexico.

"These are very sophisticated, hardened criminals who will use violence to protect their criminal businesses," Mr. Chertoff said. "We've got to be prepared to deal very decisively with any violence directed at our Border Patrol agents."



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8 Comments:

At Tue Mar 07, 12:47:00 PM 2006, Blogger MonkeyStrat said...

Mexico has tin, copper, coal, tourism, beautiful coasts, agriculture, ancient cities, mountains, water, a free trade agreement with the USA and oil that actually gushes from the ground. Remind me again why we have to absorb thier social problems?

 
At Fri Mar 17, 10:13:00 PM 2006, Blogger donchiniki said...

Why? It's called INTERVENTION. As long as we keep sending our transnational corporations to exploit their "tin, copper, coal, tourism, beautiful coasts, agriculture, ancient cities, mountains, water, a free trade agreement with the USA and oil that actually gushes from the ground" we will keep absorbing their social (and economic)problems. As long as we keep subsidizing our agricultural and industrial products we will create unfair commercial competition and labor exploitation. What keeps our minimum wage to be 10X in comparison to theirs is what will keep us absorbing their problems. And this is just a brief but fair response.

 
At Fri Mar 17, 10:14:00 PM 2006, Blogger donchiniki said...

Why? It's called INTERVENTION. As long as we keep sending our transnational corporations to exploit their "tin, copper, coal, tourism, beautiful coasts, agriculture, ancient cities, mountains, water, a free trade agreement with the USA and oil that actually gushes from the ground" we will keep absorbing their social (and economic)problems. As long as we keep subsidizing our agricultural and industrial products we will create unfair commercial competition and labor exploitation. What keeps our minimum wage to be 10X in comparison to theirs is what will keep us absorbing their problems. And this is just a brief but fair response.

 
At Sat Mar 18, 11:46:00 AM 2006, Blogger Why Palestinians Usually Get It Wrong said...

Palestinians Humiliate Themselves

In a March 16 editorial in the New York Times titled, As If That Fire Needed Fuel, the Times writes:

"Israeli Army officials ordered inmates to strip to their underwear, which many did, marching out with clothing on their heads, an embarrassing and completely unnecessary provocation that trampled the dignity of any Palestinian watching that spectacle.

Given the humiliations that ordinary Palestinians suffer merely by trying to get through Israeli checkpoints every day, the prison raid just reinforced the already degrading reality of living under foreign occupation."
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated, “What happened without a doubt is an ugly crime which can not be forgiven and a humiliation for the Palestinian people.”

Palesinians should feel humiliated. A majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem support suicide terrorism. A 2001 poll by Dr. Nabil Kukali and the Palestinian Center for Public Opinion (PCPO), found, "a substantial majority [of Palestinians] (76.1%) support suicidal attacks like that of Netanya [in May, 2001], whereas 12.5% oppose, and 11.4% express no opinion." A 2006 poll taken by the Jerusalem Media & Communication Center after the recent Hamas political victories found, “56.2% [of Palestinians] strongly or somewhat support suicide bombing operations against Israeli civilians whereas 40.7% oppose such operations.”

Considering that the majority of Palestinians support suicide terror, and considering that Israel prevents suicide killings on a daily basis, it should come as no surprise that captured Palestinians are asked to remove their clothes during the process of incarceration. Why should any Israeli take a chance of being blown up? Why should Israel present Palestinians with opportunities to commit suicide killings? Palestinians should feel humiliated about their culture of death and they should be asked to strip naked during the process of incarceration as long as their population continues to support, condone, and commit suicide killings.

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At Mon Mar 27, 07:52:00 AM 2006, Blogger JJ said...

Trying to get Congress to wag the dog --keep people from crossing border with a "better" fence??? As effective as: having a disease (weakened cells) and taking drugs (toxins) that further weakens cells. Or: Protect country against future terrorist attack by stealing Americans' rights ("Patriot" act of theft). Manages Symptoms, will Never Ever CURE.

Proof? How good would the fence be: when they build tunnels?
Hilarious. To stop people from entering, working in the US illegally: deal with the cause. Infrastructure raised to 2oth century standards so business could thrive, police paid adequate
salary, greedy immoral US corporate pigs prevented from exploiting Mexican resources, people: investment, international
commerce, small businesses --a prosperous Mexico would raise GDP of all Mexicans. They would stay home --have no reason to work in the US.

But: that would mean Americans would have to start bending over
-pick their own fruit, vegetables;
self-serve hotels, lay brick, pave roads, etc. Then your poll: where do we get service workers?
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At Fri Mar 31, 02:25:00 PM 2006, Blogger MonkeyStrat said...

Yeah, bla bla bla, whatever Don, its a cop out.

This is the very first immigrant group that comes here with a built in victim mentality. They are racist. And we don't want it.

Build a wall, let in some Africans and Indians. They see America as a place of hope.

Reconquista yourselves, we want no part of it.

 
At Tue Apr 11, 03:37:00 PM 2006, Blogger NTotalAgreement said...

I am a nineteen year old woman who recently married a twenty-five year old man who has custody of his three children. He works and supports all of us. The only government assistance that we require is Medicade for our three children. Because of my husband's income, him and I do not qualify for Medicade. The guidelines have become so strict because of so many people being on Medicade. Would you believe that over 60% of those people are Mexicans? The past five or so generations of my family were born and raised in the U.S., we speak plain English, and most of us have worked blue-collar jobs. Why cant I get help from MY government for healthcare? Because there are so many 'non-U.S.-citizens' that are "more qualified". Most of those people were illegal and then worked their way to becoming legal - if they had gone about it the right way, they probably wouldnt be in such a bind. We pay taxes for people that arent from our country - why is that fair?
The Mexicans have come over here and are rioting to change our laws - why arent they doing that in Mexico? Why are they coming here to complain instead of in Mexico? They were aware of the laws when they came across the border - they knew how they would be treated. It's the oldest rule in the book! "For every action, there is and equal and opposite reaction" They are saying that they are being treated cruel and unfairly - (I mean this as nicely as possible) THEY are the ones who are lowering themselves to the level of animals by SNEAKING around and they want to be treated differently?! My brother-in-law is Mexican - he was born in the U.S. but his mother was illegal.
OK, we've all seen the movie 'A Day Without A Mexican' - right, they play a big part in our economy - but if they were all legal, our economy would continue to thrive and people would be happier.
My main point is: if you all can come over here and riot and demand things - why dont you go back to Mexico and do the same thing? If nothing else, go to Mexico, riot, and demand that the laws be changed in order to make a similar economy - kind of like a second U.S.! Whats wrong with doing that? You were unhappy in Mexico - now youre unhappy in the U.S. but the only place that you want to complain is here, in the U.S. - why? WE ARE HAPPY WITH THE WAY WE ARE - DONT TRY TO CHANGE IT. And everyone wants to scream "Viva la Mexico!" well if its so great, then why are you here? If youre here, dont make a mockery of what you have the privelage of partaking in - start saying 'God Bless America', or get out.
I agree with the fence and say IT'S ABOUT TIME.

 
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