July 15, 2010
A video posted on YouTube reveals the extent of the narco violence on the U.S.-Mexico border. “We heard machine guns, 9mm pistols, grenades, everything,” a note posted with the video explains. The gunfire occurred in Reynosa, Mexico, across the border from McAllen, Texas, on July 11.
On July 14, the Associated Press reported on gun battles along the Mexico-Texas border. “According to army statements, the first shootout killed a soldier in Reynosa on Sunday. Four gunmen [from the Zetas drug gang] died Tuesday in the same city, and another three were killed in Nuevo Laredo.”
On July 2, KGBT in Harlingen, Texas, reported a shootout in the Colonia Olmo and Fraccionamiento Arboledas neighborhoods on Reynosa’s northwest side. “Mexican Army officials reported that one of the patrols came under fire at the Carretera Ribereña to Nuevo Laredo,” the news station reported.
Bullets fired from the Mexican city of Juárez struck the El Paso, Texas, city hall on June 30. “No one was hurt, but nerves were rattled at City Hall in what is thought to be the first cross-border gunfire during a drug war that has engulfed Juárez since 2008,” reported the El Paso Times.
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In February, the U.S. Consulate in the border city of Matamoros temporarily closed its Consular Agency in nearby Reynosa because of heightened drug-related violence between the Gulf cartel and the Zetas, CNN reported. The following month three people connected to the U.S. consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, were killed in two drive-by shootings. A top drug gang enforcer said he ordered the killing of a U.S. consulate worker because she helped provide visas to a rival gang.
“There isn’t much news on this, other than an AP story about a baseball game that was shut down,” a comment on a LiveLeak post of the video recording of the gunfire in Reynosa states. “It’s disturbing that this is happening so close to our border and it seems like only a matter of time before it spills over. To find firefights like this, you would need to go to Fallujah Iraq in 2004.”
In Arizona, narco mob terrorism has spilled over the border. On June 21, Infowars.com reported that Arizona has lost control of a large section along its southern border to drug smugglers. “We are outgunned, we are out manned and we don’t have the resources here locally to fight this,” Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said during on news conference in Casa Grande. Babeu, who appeared on the Alex Jones Show last week, said drug gangs control a three county stretch from the border to Phoenix.
On June 24, it was reported that a Mexican drug cartel threatened to kill police after officers in Arizona confiscated a marijuana shipment. “Police and experts believe the warning against the Nogales, Ariz., cops marks the first time that powerful Mexican drug cartels, used to bribing and bullying police south of the border, have targeted U.S. officers,” reported ABC News.
In April, a Pinal County Sheriff officer was shot in the abdomen with an AK-47 by drug smugglers.
Illegal immigrants murdered prominent southeast Arizona rancher Robert Krentz in March. Following the murder of Krentz, the FBI and the Border Patrol claimed both violence and illegal immigration have declined on the Arizona border. Two years ago, however, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security, said in a report that border gangs were becoming increasingly ruthless and had begun targeting rivals and federal, state and local police.
“The shocking reality of cross border gunfire proves the cold reality: American lives are at risk,” Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott said in an open letter sent to Obama in June.
Last month Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl said at a town hall meeting that Obama told him during a private meeting that he was concerned he would not win GOP support on immigration legislation if he took care of border security first. “The problem is, he said, if we secure the border, then you all won’t have any reason to support comprehensive immigration reform,” Kyl said. “In other words, they’re holding it hostage.”