Thursday, January 27, 2005

 

Taking shots

As far as I know, unless the law changed in the past few hours, it's still a fine punishable by death if you make an attempt on the life of a local, state, or federal law enforcement officer. Apparently the Mexicans that are jumping the border don't have a problem with this minor rule.
Sixty-four Border Patrol agents have been assaulted in the past three months along a 260-mile stretch of the Arizona-Mexico border -- the country's busiest illegal entry point -- as the U.S. government continues its fight for "operational control" of the region.

As law-enforcement efforts have increased, so have the incidents of violence and the intensity of the attacks on the agents in the stretch known as the Tucson sector -- which are averaging one assault every two days and are on pace to increase this year by 80 percent.

Border Patrol spokesman Andy Adame in Tucson said alien and drug smugglers have become increasingly aggressive in protecting their illicit cargoes of drugs and aliens.

"It is obvious the violence associated with smugglers has evolved from rock-throwing incidents to tactics intended to seriously maim or kill agents attempting to bring them to justice," Mr. Adame said. "They're starting to see some losses, and when you talk financial gain with smugglers and the loss of it, they're going to react violently."

The State Department this week issued a warning to Americans traveling into the northern border regions of Mexico, saying they should be "aware of the risk posed by the deteriorating security situation." The warning said violent criminal activity along the border, including killings and kidnappings, was on the rise.

As most of you know, I don't travel. I'm perfectly fine staying in Los Angeles. I have no problem going to a far-off land to fight for this country, but you're not going to see me digging through the Travel section of the LA Times, looking for great vacation deals. Going on a vacation is the last thing on my mind, and going anywhere outside of my 60-mile area of inhabitation isn't either. But that's besides the point. I know that most Americans do like to travel, and it's our God-given right to do what we want. Considering the entire nation of Mexico relies on the United States in order to avoid disappearing off the face of the planet by tomorrow morning, don't you think they would be a little more helpful when it came to ensuring the safety of their great neighbor to the north?

Just a thought.

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