Friday, February 10, 2006

Border Wars

The Mexican border problems continue to escalate while our Administration seems to wander about in circles, talking to themselves:

Likely drug gangsters have threatened the families of county sheriff's deputies in Texas who thwarted two recent smuggling operations at the U.S.-Mexico border.

The San Antonio Express-News quotes Hudspeth County Chief Deputy Mike Doyal as saying three men inside a black and red Ford Bronco approached the wife of one of the deputies last Thursday and made a threat before driving across the Rio Grande into Mexico. the last several days, there have been two incursions into the U.S. about 50 miles east of El Paso, Texas, by armed men thought to be Mexican troops. The incident on Jan. 23 involved Mexican military Humvees towing what appeared to be thousands of pounds of marijuana across the Rio Grande. Thirty American agents were part of that standoff, including the sheriff's deputies.

Speaking of last Thursday's threat to a deputy's wife, Doyal said, "They told her that her husband and the other officers needed to stay off the river down there."
On Friday, a Hudspeth deputy in the Fort Hancock area received information a cartel was talking about putting together a "death squad" to target the deputies, Doyal told the Express-News.

After the Jan. 23 incursion, Doyal commented: "Our government has to do something. It's not the immigrants coming over for jobs we're worried about. It's the smugglers, Mexican military and the national threat to our borders that we're worried about."

Chertoff promises some action.

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