After a week marred with violence along the U.S./Mexico border sources admit the Mexican drug cartels have placed a $250 thousand bounty for the kidnapping or murder of Border Patrol Agents.
U.S. agents are taking the threat very seriously and say officers in the field should use extreme caution when approaching the border fence area. The threat comes after an Arizona rancher was murdered on his own property last month by an alleged illegal alien.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a warning to law enforcement officers in west Texas due to retaliatory killings by a Mexican gang. The agency has suggested agents’ change up their routes and wears body armor while on duty.
DHS headquarters said gang members might issue a “green light” to murder law enforcement officers in the Texas and other U.S. border areas. The report also suggests that the law enforcement officers pay special attention to any unusual activity.
The elevated warning comes amidst a crackdown on the Barrio Azteca Mexican gang following the brutal murders of three Americans with ties to the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez on March 13. Law enforcement in the region has begun a broader crackdown, known as “Operation Knockdown.”
The spike in violence along the border transcends state lines and Border Patrol Agents in Arizona and California must now look over their shoulder and be prepared for possible attacks near the U.S. border region.
One agent said it this way; “We were warned about this recently at several musters and we were advised to take this threat seriously and to take precautions. This is the life we chose and it is certainly not our first threat. Over two years ago we received intelligence that a $2 million contract was put out for the assassination of a Border Patrol Agent. Last year, Agent Rosas was murdered. Coincidence? I doubt it. If they are willing to pay two million for a hit, then they have enough money to pay for a fall guy. The cartels don’t need to prove to America that they can pull this off. They only need to prove it to other cartels, for credibility in the fight amongst themselves.”
As the war south of the America border continues to rage, it is only a matter of time before another life is taken and another family mourns the loss of a loved one. It is time the U.S. government takes the threat of violence seriously, steps up its surveillance on drug cartels and protects all Americans along the U.S./Mexico border.
San Diego’s Kaplan College named its newest criminal justice training lab after fallen Border Patrol Agent Robert Rosas who was brutally murdered by illegal immigrants jumping the U.S. border fence on July 23, 2009.
In true compassionate fashion, Kaplan College honored Agent Rosas along with a group of 75 family members, friends, law enforcement officers and Border Patrol Agents in attendance. The new lab includes a Firearms Training Simulator (FATS) system where law enforcement officers can practice the variety of lethal threat situations officers may face in the real world.
“Our campus is honored to commemorate Agent Robert Rosas’ service and sacrifice. We feel very privileged to have our Criminal Justice Training Lab bear his name,” said Kevin Prehn, Kaplan College president.
Amy Thompson-Smith, the Criminal Justice Program director said, “Kaplan College is sincerely honored to dedicate the lab to the memory and sacrifice of Agent Rosas.” She expressed her pleasure that the lab will have a hand in improving and honing the training of future law enforcement personnel.
“This sends a message of respect and gratitude to those that serve our country with honor everyday,” Agent Rosas’ sister Arlene Brambilia said.
“Kaplan College’s decision to dedicate this lab in Robert’s name is a blessing and honor to all of us,” said Rosalie Rosas, Agent Rosas’ wife. “When our children are a little older, I will bring them here to share the honor you left in our hearts.”
John Kolacinski, the Regional VP of Operations at Kaplan, thanked Ms. Rosas and presented to her a combined $10,000 scholarship for her two children should they attend Kaplan College in the future.
After the ceremony the group proceeded into the lab where the college unveiled the plaque of dedication, which included a portrait of Agent Robert Rosas and was inscribed with the words, “In honor of your ultimate sacrifice and dedication to your family and country.”
While the ceremony was a testament to the dedication Border Patrol agents in the San Diego region, the dedication was bittersweet.
Agent Rosas murder is mired is uncertainly after weeks of police work, a 17-year-old Mexican National, Christian Daniel Castro-Alvarez surrendered in August at the San Ysidro Port of Entry to the FBI who took the lead in this case.
“The guilty plea makes it clear that those who harm our brave men and women in uniform will be swiftly brought to justice and punished,” said Janet Napolitano, secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. “I am confident that any others involved in Agent Rosas’ tragic death will also be held responsible.”
However much remains unknown regarding the murder of Agent Rosas. First the 17-year-old Mexican national was rushed into court on a Friday afternoon without the watchful eyes of the local media.
There was also blood evidence taken at the scene of the murder and no word as to if the blood DNA matching Castro-Alvarez. Curiously there has been little media outreach from Law Enforcement officials and no formal press conferences explaining how they got their man.
“My fellow agents will not believe that the individual claiming to have been involved in the murder of Agent Rosas is the murderer or even involved until substantial evidence corroborates his claims,” said a fellow Border Patrol Agent. “We have a unique mission different than any other law enforcement agency. We stand between you and the worlds desperate who desire to enter this nation by any means necessary. I’m surprised that more of us aren’t dead.”
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