Drug cartels threaten to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent over Independence Day weekend
According to reliable sources at the U.S. Border Patrol, a new threat has been issued by the Mexican drug cartels to kill an agent along the southern border sometime over the 4th of July weekend.
The killing will be in retaliation for the shooting of an alleged teenage human smuggler at the Texas border in June. The Border Patrol agent, who was being attacked with numerous rocks, shot at his attackers in self-defense and has been taken off front-line duty; however the Border Patrol agency is standing by the well-revered agent.
The teen that was killed had suspected ties to the local drug cartels and it appears the cartel bosses want revenge. Mexican media is also fanning the flames by calling for retribution. Inside sources say the latest threat reportedly could be anywhere along the 2,000-mile border that America shares with Mexico. Agents have been advised at daily musters to be extremely cautious when working near the border and they have stepped up their security accordingly.
In a related story, confidential law enforcement intelligence in Arizona indicates that the drug cartels now claim control of the entire 80-mile smuggling corridor up to I-8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend and law enforcement says in essence they have ceded control of the once popular hiking and camping federal land. According to authorities, cartels claim “the border with Mexico now ends at I-8.”
The drug cartels have attempted several hijackings of vehicles along I-8 recently, prompting law enforcement to issue new directives that officers only respond to reports of stranded motorists if they have backup with them.
Concerned border-region residents are fearful the explosion of killings and violent crime along the border in Mexico could creep across the border and put their lives in even more danger. Meanwhile, President Obama’s goal is to grant amnesty to more than 20 million illegals and this may cause the violence to escalate.
If the issuance of amnesty is anything like the last time America granted amnesty under President Reagan, the numbers will necessarily skyrocket. As for Americans supporting amnesty, the general consensus is- no way. With Mexico’s drug cartels slowly edging northward into Arizona, the residents of the Grand Canyon state do not seem willing to accept this new arrangement and are taking steps to protect their borders.
According to State Sen. Russell Pearce and Gov. Jan Brewer who appeared on Fox, On the Record Thursday night, Arizona does not plan to surrender to the foreign insurgents on Arizona soil.
With immigration reform on the horizon, Mexico filing a lawsuit against the Arizona law and the economy teetering on the brink of a double-dip recession, the heat in Arizona regarding this divisive issue will certainly raise the immigration barometer.
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