If a squad or two of United States Marines traveled across the Iraqi border into Iran and stuck their rifles in the face of an Iranian Revolutionary Guard officer, it would be perceived by the international community as an act of war.
Why, then, is there no such outcry when a United States Border Patrol agent is held, at gunpoint on American soil, by soldiers in the Mexican Army who crossed the border illegally?
That’s exactly what happened on Sunday night. And it wasn’t an isolated incident.
For years, Border Patrol agents have warned the federal government about the invasion, into United States territory, by Mexican soldiers providing protection for smugglers of drugs and people and “trained to escape, evade and counterambush” intervening American forces. On occasions confirmed by the FBI and too numerous to list, heavily-armed Mexican Army units have been spotted on U.S. soil, often resulting in standoffs involving American Border Patrol or law enforcement agents.
In late June, Mexican paramilitary squads in American police uniforms forced their way into a pair of homes IN PHOENIX, approximately 175 miles from the Mexican border, once detaining and pistol-whipping homeowners and another time carrying out an apparent drug execution. During the latter operation, somewhere between 50 and 100 rounds were fired in a central Phoenix neighborhood and, according to police reports, the men were planning to ambush any real police officers who confronted them.
The United States of America is being invaded and attacked daily, and nobody seems to care. Instead of rushing Army soldiers and National Guard members to the border in exponential numbers, instead of clamping our southern border shut like a dry oyster, and instead of providing our law enforcement officials with the tools and discretion they so desperately need, we’re sending Border Patrol agents to federal prison for doing their jobs–among other charges, agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean were charged with infringing the Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure of a repeat-offending, violent drug smuggler illegally crossing the border into the United States–and forcing their families to nearly lose everything.
Have we all gone insane? The Statue of Liberty reads “Give us your poor, your tired, your huddled masses longing to be free.” It plainly, clearly does not say anything about “your drunk drivers, your drug-resistant tuberculosis carriers, your violent criminals longing to sell drugs, rape children and murder innocent people.”
There are thousands upon thousands of people waiting in line to have their chance at the American dream — doctors, scientists, physicists, educators, artists, athletes and more. Yet they are forced to sit at the back of the line while millions wade across rivers and struggle across desert in the dark of night to sap every ounce of virility from our healthcare system, from our correctional system and more.
These people are here illegally. This isn’t illegality along the lines of tearing the do-not-tear tag away from your pillow-top mattress; these people are breaking federal immigration laws, set-in-stone guidelines which are supposed to have consequences. But nobody cares. All discretion, all benefit of the doubt is given to those who willingly break our laws rather than those who stand post and uphold them.
Mexican soldiers continue to threaten and laugh at American Border Patrol agents. Illegal immigrants continue to assert rights reserved by the United States Constitution for AMERICANS when they are somehow mistreated when caught at the border. Drunk drivers who are in America illegally and have been caught before but never deported, people who aren’t even supposed to be in America and on American roads, are killing innocent people. Gang affiliations are rising, and groups like MS-13 continue to spread like wildfire across the United States. And our borders continue to be open to any and all who wish to steal their way into the country.
When are we going to wake up? When another 60 Americans are kidnapped from Laredo, Texas? When a radical Muslim decides to come through the southern border into America and vaporizes most of a major American city with a bomb built from Iranian uranium? When does it stop?
Invading another country is an act of war. Plain and simple. With regard to our southernmost neighbor, it is about time such incursions are treated that way.