Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Assaults against border agents rising; few attackers are prosecuted

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While Republicans trip over themselves to condemn President Trump’s tweets attacking Hamas supporter Ilhan Omar, they continue to do nothing for victims of illegal immigration or for law enforcement. The more they allow Democrats to focus on the needs of illegal aliens rather than those of Americans, the more border agents are being assaulted without any response from our government. Very few illegal aliens are being prosecuted for anything, including assaulting border agents.
What is the message being sent to the cartels and illegal aliens? That they are now a protected class here and we will do nothing to counter their behavior. Sergio Tinoco, a supervisor border agent in the Rio Grande Valley, tells me that agents patrolling the river are getting attacked with rocks as the smugglers become emboldened by the lack of response or prosecutions.
“I work in the area in south Texas where of course we have the Rio Grande River as our actual border,” said Tinoco on my podcast last Thursday. “We have a riverine unit, a boat crew that patrols up and down the river. Mind you, the border is directly somewhere in the center or quasi-center of that river, so we ourselves and our agents cannot engage with anyone on the Mexican riverbank. We just can’t. Our rules of engagement do not allow that. The cartels know this; the smugglers know this. And of course, there’s a lot of high brush here in south Texas, and daily, we have smugglers, we have coyotes that will throw rocks at our riverine crews, at our agents, do everything they possibly can to harm them and to hurt them because they want them out of the area so that they can either bring their illicit drugs through or they can bring in the illegal immigrants across the river.”
You read that correctly. Belligerent terrorist groups that the State Department refuses to designate as such can now throw rocks at our agents knowing that it will cause them to retreat in our own territory, thereby allowing them to get in their human and drug contraband. They are certain we will not retaliate.
Agent Tinoco says they are left with few options. They must either retreat or try to “pepper them with some type of CS gas pellets” and hope they will disperse. “This is a dangerous task that we encounter every single day.”
Tinoco also told me that not enough of these people are being prosecuted. “If any of us is assaulted, we would want that individual to be punished. I’m sure that if a citizen in … another part of America … I’m sure that if that individual was assaulted, everybody in that community would be seeking justice. And that’s all our agents … that’s all we ask for. We ask for the exact same thing that any other citizen that we’re protecting would ask for, and sadly we don’t get that as often as we would like. “
Read the rest from Daniel Horowitz HERE.

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