Here’s a perfect storm. The Monitor reports a new law enforcement bulletin warns that Mexican drug cartels are plotting to kill U.S. federal agents and Texas Rangers patrolling the border.
Congressman Michael McCaul references this bulletin on his House web site:
“March 2011 – A Law Enforcement Bulletin warned that cartels were overheard plotting to kill ICE agents and Texas Rangers guarding the border using AK-47s by shooting at them from across the border.”
McCaul wants the cartels officially recognized as terrorist organizations.
The second, closely related problem is that the Government Accountability Office reports that only 129 miles of the 1,954-mile-long U.S.-Mexico border is secure. This leaves 93.4% of the border open for cartel operatives to cross, commit murder, rape, and mayhem, and retreat to safe territory controlled by their organization. Once back in Mexico, they’re safe from prosecution, especially considering that the U.S. can’t find agents to work there, and relations have become strained since the Mexican government found out that our ATF helped thousands of guns to cross the border, resulting in about 150 Mexicans being murdered with those firearms.
This is not a drill.