[This was posted September 7, 2010]
UPDATE Dec 15,2010: A Border Patrol Agent was shot and killed west of Nogales December 14, 2010]
It is an all too familiar headline: Border Patrol agents in shootout near Nogales.
According to the Daily Star three or four armed gunnmen started shooting at Border Patrol agents Sunday evening west of Nogales. The agents were not injured.
Though the Border Patrol dispatched a helicopter and it’s special response team to the area where the shooting occured, and though Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s deputies searched the area looking for the gunmen, they got away.
According to the Star report, at least the Border Patrol returned fire on the gunmen, but there was no evidence anyone was hit.
Now what is wrong with this story?
Over and over again people are shooting at the Border Patrol. And over and over again the shooters get away.
Like has it dawned on anyone there are armed people running around the desert who have declared war on our federal state and local law enforcement people?
There are also reports of armed bandits roaming around the countryside robbing and raping illegal immigrants. There are 25 such incidents reported by the Nogales International this year in the area north and west of that city.
Indeed the border related violence is almost non-extistent in the urban areas along our border.
But out in the hinterlands it is a vastly different story.
Why is that happening?
One only has to go down to the border where the fence and the roads end and see the rugged countryside that is still wide open to illegal entry of immigrants and drug smugglers.
The failure to secure the border at the border exposes law enforcement and civilians to the danger of the armed gunmen and bandits out there.
The failure to secure the border also leaves the remote areas open to illegal immigrats who often get into serious trouble due to the heat and lack of water. The Pima County Medical Examiner is buried in bodies recovered from the desert.
There is only one real way to stop all this craziness and shootings and rape and robbery along our border and that is to station a lot more Border Patrol agents at the border.
The gunmen shouldn’t be out there roaming around shooting at our law enforcement or civilains.
They should not be allowed to even cross our border (if that is where they are coming from).
And if they are living on this side of the border (as many suspect some of the gunmen and bandits are) then we need a really concentrated effort to hunt these dogs down.
If people were routinely shooting at Tucson Police Department officers or Pima County Sheriff’s Deputies do you think for one second Tucson’s police chief or the Pima County Sheriff would let this happen over and over again?
The management plan or strategy or whatever you want to call it that guides the Border Patrol in how it functions in the borderlands is leaving its agents exposed to being killed.
I have a “modest proposal”…send Alan Bersin, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection out into the borderlands between Nogales and Sasabe and leave him out there for a couple of weeks.
Maybe after he has to dodge a few border cartel or border bandit bullets he might come up with a plan to actually secure our border.