According to reports from earlier this year, Mexican soldiers have been crossing the border into our country and in some cases firing at Americans. In addition to shooting at Americans, they’ve been challenging federal agents and border patrol who were trying to keep them out.
KVOA out of Tucson, Arizona reported that in January the soldiers from the Mexican Army crossed 59 yards over the border into America and drew their weapons at U.S. Border Patrol agents. Then in March a man by the name of Jose Rodriguez was fired upon while he was visiting friends in Sasabe and was struck in the arm and the side. He spent three weeks at the University of Arizona Medical Center recovering from his injuries.
What’s even more alarming is that these aren’t isolated incidents of rogue soldiers crossing into America. Reports say that incidents like these have happened at least 300 times over the past 18 years, and have been increasing in frequency.
A resident from the town of Arivaca also had a run in with the Mexican military when they landed a helicopter behind his barn late one night. Robert Ayers said that several men emerged dressed in all black and had their faces covered while wearing full body armor and brandishing automatic weapons.
The president of the Border Patrol’s union in Tucson, Local 2554, Art Del Cueto called the situation “nerve wracking,” and explained how most of the encounters happen in the middle of the night. “You’re sitting there and seeing a group of guys coming up to you and they’re all carrying long-arms, you don’t know what you’re encountering.”
“When you see our own government putting more emphasis on the rights of individuals who are in this country illegally already instead of trying to help out the agents and seeing these intrusions and taking them seriously, it’s very frustrating.”