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article imageOp-Ed: Gun-fire on the Rio Grande — What are we going to do about it?

By Karen Graham     Jul 20, 2014 in Politics
Border Patrol agents on the U.S. side of the Rio Grande River, across from Reynosa, Mexico had to duck for cover Friday night as high-caliber rifle fire from the Mexican side of the river sent bullets ricocheting into an area where they were positioned.
Representative Louie Gohmert, R-Texas told FoxNews the weapons were fired from an area of the Rincon Peninsula on the Mexico side of the Rio Granda River, near Reynosa, Mexico at around 8:30 p.m. Friday night. Border Patrol agents have confirmed Gohmert's statement.
Gohmert told the news agency the shooters were apparently using 50-caliber weapons. "We don't have any armor that can stop a .50-caliber round, so our Border Patrol agents had to take cover when the rounds were ricocheting around them," said Gohmert, who had visited the area earlier this past week.
"When the shooting stopped, about 40 to 50 people came out on the U.S. side and turned themselves in. So clearly the rounds were being fired to suppress every effort to stop anybody intervening with anyone or anything coming across," Gohmert added. "We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants."
Unidentified sources say the rounds were identified as being 50-caliber because of the "distinctive sound" they make when they are fired. The sources also say this is the first time the Border Patrol has ever taken direct fire from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River.
If this is the case, then it clearly shows the involvement the drug cartels have in moving these undocumented immigrants into the United States. More frightening is the comment made by Representative Gohmert, where he said, "We have no idea what or how many or whom came across with the other illegal immigrants." It is entirely possible that either terrorists, or drugs were being smuggled across the river under cover of the people trying to cross into the country.
According to the Conservative Tribune, the escalating crisis at the border, and in particular the area where the harassing gunfire took place (also known as Zone 9) was purposely orchestrated as a "nuisance" event.
Via Breitbart:
A trusted law enforcement source is reporting that shots are currently being fired on the Mexican side of the U.S. border. The shots are intended to harass the increased presence of Texas law enforcement personnel.
Source: “Shots fired south of Rincon Village from Mexico. Unknown if smugglers are f***ing with the game wardens or what the deal is.” Minutes later, more information became available.
Source: “Not shooting at game wardens, but shooting to be a nuisance.”
Another trusted law enforcement source explained that the game wardens have been bringing in much higher numbers of illegal immigrants and destroying the rafts the human smugglers have been using to ferry illegal immigrants across the Rio Grande River that forms the international boundary between Texas and Mexico.
The area of the Rio Grande Valley sector where this is occurring is known as Zone 9. It is the Anzalduas area of the river border. This area has become ground zero for the border crisis.
This reporter visited the exact area two days ago and will release footage informing our readers and viewers on the hotspot.
The Conservative Tribune is correct when it says the immigration problem is escalating. Now we have law enforcement agents being fired on, for whatever the reason. But it is absolutely uncalled for. "I don't know why we're out here like sitting ducks," one Border Patrol source said. "We need help."
In the meantime, our government has literally turned their backs on the situation. President Obama, rather than personally visit the border, instead has asked for $3.7 billion. No one in Congress wants to fund the president's initiative, with Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) saying she's afraid he will use the money to fund Obamacare.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has already decide that no immigration reform bill would pass without support from both sides of the isle, and we all know that's not going to happen, so that leaves the country in a stalemate, and the cleft between the sides gets wider by the day.
This still leaves us with the question, what is the government going to do about our agents being fired on? Some would say this is more than a nuisance, and I would have to agree. What would have been the situation if someone had been killed? What happened is something that must not be swept under the rug. We need to do something now.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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