Yesterday, an article ran in the Union-Tribune down in San Diego, California detailing a sophisticated serial kidnapping scheme perpetrated by Mexicans at the expense of American lives. Last year, more than two dozen U.S. citizens went missing, many handcuffed and blinded by hoods as they were kidnapped south of the border. Some died, others were beaten and raped.
Also, on several occasions, the Mexican Army has crossed the border into the United States, armed and often assisting drug smugglers. Even the FBI acknowledged a border standoff.
Furthermore, as I’ve mentioned a few times before, dozens of American citizens are STILL missing from Laredo, Texas. The photos seen here are some of those still unaccounted for.
How much more of this are we supposed to take, supposed to turn a blind eye to? How much more of this WILL it take before the mainstream media takes notice? Our country is under attack every single day. We keep talking about the economic, cultural, healthcare and security-related concerns stemming from our porous borders and the overwhelming tide of illegal immigration, but we never, ever hear about the tangible human aspect of our failure to secure our southern border.
Even worse, our own Border Patrol agents have no discretion whatsoever and are handcuffed, forced to watch from the sidelines as people, drugs and God knows what else flow unimpeded into our country, lest they end up serving time like Border Patrol Agents Jose Compean and Ignacio Ramos.
These two gentlemen were doing their JOB, stopping a drug smuggler from entering into this country yet again. During the course of an altercation on the border, Compean and Ramos shot this illegal alien drug smuggler in the posterior, and then were themselves forced to bend over by an overzealous and underconscienced U.S. Attorney and the pro-illegal immigration Bush Administration.
Unfortunately, Compean and Ramos picked up their brass and failed to complete requisite paperwork. However, instead of receiving some sort of administrative punishment, here’s what happened:
- Compean and Ramos were charged with attempted murder.
- The illegal alien drug smuggler was given blanket immunity and a free pass to come and go across the border as he pleased. As it turns out, he used that free pass to bring drugs into the country at least one more time since the original incident — a fact that was kept from the jury.
- Compean and Ramos are currently serving 11- and 12-year prison sentences. Both have been assaulted in prison several times.
In one of the hearings surrounding the situation with Compean and Ramos, Border Patrol Chief David Aguilar Tuesday stated that, from February 2005 to June 2007, there have been just under two thousand incidents in which Border Patrol agents have been assaulted. Agents are on the receiving end of physical assaults, vehicular hit-and-runs, thrown rocks and shootings.
On the other hand, in response, agents have used deadly force 116 times. 13 of the border-crossing assailants were killed, another 15 were wounded. All agents involved were investigated thoroughly, and not one has been criminally prosecuted. Yet Compean and Ramos sit in prison.
The sacrifice of Compean and Ramos–not to mention their families–are only a microcosm of what is wrong at the border and with the entire border issue. Once again, we are somehow afraid to call a spade a spade, we are afraid to stand up for our nation and say “NO ENTRY!” to those who wish to come here illegally.
The border towns, in Texas especially, are war zones, yet we hear nothing about it. Who, pray tell, are we trying to protect? Who are we trying not to offend?
It makes me physically ill, all of it. Now, we have this story once again of AMERICANS being kidnapped, beaten, raped and murdered by Mexicans who, in some cases, cross into this country illegally to carry out their task. How long will it take before we say that enough is enough?
I have no problem whatsoever with folks coming here from Mexico. I absolutely, positively welcome it. The American dream should be something strived for, and it should be readily available to those who are willing to follow the rules, come here legally, and work their butts off just as born-and-bred Americans need to do.
A nation without borders ceases to be a nation. Our national identity, our sovereignty, all of it is eroding rapidly right under our noses. Unless we stand up and tell those who supposedly represent us that the issue is important, that we don’t want to hear about any more Americans being kidnapped, beaten, raped and killed along the border, the problem will only get worse.