Things are heating up on the nation’s southern border, and this time the focus isn’t Arizona.
This new border issue is an incident that took place recently on the Texas/Mexico border. This is where a 15-year old Mexican boy was shot dead by a U.S. Border Patrol agent.
Mexican officials dispute the details, but U.S. authorities say that border agents chased down a group who’d illegally crossed the border and detained two people from this group.
Others from this group made their way back across the Mexican border — where they began to pelt the border agents with rocks. To protect themselves, one of the agents fired his weapon, killing the 15-year-old boy.
Mexican authorities quickly labeled the shooting a murder. They allege the kid was killed on the Mexican side of the border.
It didn’t take long for Mexico’s president to weigh in. Following up on his recent pro-illegal immigration speech in front of the U.S. Congress, Felipe Calderon said, “The government of Mexico will use all means available to protect the rights of Mexican migrants.”
Speaking without the benefit of facts, since there hadn’t been time for an investigation, Calderon added, “Mexico also rejects the use of disproportionate force by U.S. immigration authorities along the border.”
Oh really!? How should these border agents have responded after coming under attack by a pack of thugs?
Who was this kid who was shot by a Border Patrol agent? His mother claims he was a good student who never got into trouble.
But isn’t that what we hear from every grieving mother whose kid gets — take your pick — shot by the cops after a late-night robbery attempt or killed by rival gang members in a drive-by shooting? C’mon!
But the Border Patrol seems to know exactly who 15-year-old Sergio Adrian Hernandez Heureka was. They say he was a well-known juvenile smuggler, a kid who was on the “most wanted” list of smugglers — a list put together by U.S. authorities in the El Paso area.
But what about the claim that U.S. agents killed this kid in cold-blood?
Well, in addition to the claim that the border agent acted in self-defense, U.S. officials say they have a video which shows that agents did not enter Mexican territory and that Heureka was killed on U.S. soil.
But here’s where things get even more bizarre.
Showing just how tense things have gotten between Mexican and U.S. authorities at the border, Mexico’s military reportedly chased away American officials who were on the banks of the Rio Grande River to investigate the death of the Mexican youth.
According to an FBI spokesperson, Mexican soldiers arrived at the scene shortly after the youth’s shooting and pointed their guns at the Border Patrol agents, forcing them to retreat. The FBI, however, returned later to continue the investigation.
Now, I’m not eager to have an even uglier incident develop between the U.S. and Mexican militaries at the border, but the specter of U.S. officials turning tail and retreating, in the face of an armed Mexican threat, doesn’t sit well with me.
This is serious stuff, and it’s not the first time accusations have been made that the Mexican military has threatened U.S. border authorities.
So what the hell is going on here? Why is the Mexican government putting on a full-court press — lobbying the United States to ease restrictions on illegal immigration — as their president’s done recently, and why is the Mexican military getting so damn aggressive on the border in the first place?
One hint might be the fact that Mexican immigrants living in the U.S. send billions of dollars ($17 billion as of 2005, according to then-CNN anchorman Lou Dobbs) in remittances back to Mexico annually. This amount rivals the amount of money that Mexico makes on its oil exports. So let’s see, Mexicans living and working in the U.S. are Mexico’s second largest source of foreign exchange. Cha-ching!
There’s also the ongoing issue of Mexico’s glaring inability to provide a reasonably healthy economy for its workers.
It’s no secret that the U.S. provides a safety valve for Mexico’s social and economic problems. The result has been the wink and nod from Mexican officials who grease the skids for often illiterate and impoverished workers to “head north” where the jobs are.
The absolute last thing Mexico wants is a northern border that’s sealed off to the workers they can’t possibly employ.
The economic despair in Mexico has also been the breeding grounds for an illicit drug trade across the U.S. border that has generated billions of dollars in drug profits and simultaneously brought death and destruction to both sides of the border.
The FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement just ended a 22-month investigation into the network of people inside the U.S. who work for Mexican drug cartels.
The results were the seizure of nearly six million dollars in cash, 2,951 pounds of marijuana, 112 kilograms of cocaine, 141 weapons, and 85 vehicles.
Do these numbers sound impressive? They shouldn’t — this is just the tip of a huge avalanche of organized gangs, drugs, and violence that looms over our border states.
So leave it up to the bleeding-heart liberals and leftist to argue that America shouldn’t be allowed to get serious about securing its borders.
What’s really at stake here is the protection of our country from those who’d like to use America like an ATM. If we’d let ‘em, they’d drive us over the cliff into a third-world hell.
Like … well, like Mexico.