Border Patrol agents accuse Napolitano of lying about security
July 22nd 2012 · 34 Comments
Federal agents who risk their lives to patrol the U.S. border are slamming their boss — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano — for giving Americans a “false sense of security” by almost constantly assuring them that the U.S.-Mexican border is safe.
During her visit to Texas, Napolitano stated that violence along the Mexican border is merely a mistaken perception because the area is better now than it ever has been thanks to the Obama Administration’s commitment to “fostering a secure and prosperous” region, according to a public-interest group that investigates and exposes government corruption and fraud.
Napolitano claims that some of America’s safest communities are in the southwest border region, notes Judicial Watch.
Border Patrol union officials say that if the border was better now than it has ever been Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry would not have been brutally murdered by heavily armed Mexican criminals operating over 13 miles inside the United States. In some countries that is construed as an act of war, but here we get words not deeds when Napolitano terms events like this as evidence, “there is much to do with our colleagues in Mexico in respect to the drug cartels.”
It is time for the political games to stop for fear of insulting the government of Mexico. U.S. citizens are being kidnapped and killed while our Border Patrol agents fight a war at home that no one will allow them to win. Not one more Border Patrol agent should fall or citizen be victimized because our government fails to act. Mexico is hemorraghing violence and the United States is being hit with the blood splatter, said a NBPC statement.
The U.S.-Mexico border is unsafe and to say anything else is not true.
Outraged Border Patrol agents on the front line of the escalating violence responded to Napolitano’s politically-motivated comments by reminding politicians, news reporters and the American people that three of their agents have been murdered by Mexican drug cartels in the last few years and ranchers have been gunned down in border communities.
U.S. citizens are also being “kidnapped and killed” with regularity, according to the National Border Patrol Council, which represents more than 17,000 agents nationwide.
As an example of the impact on U.S. communities, the NBPC points out that the Phoenix area has become a “cartel-related crime hotspot.” Simply put, the U.S.-Mexico border is unsafe, the Border Patrol union assures.
“It is time for the political games to stop for fear of insulting the government of Mexico,” the Border Patrol group says. “Mexico is hemorrhaging violence and we are being hit with the splatter.”
The Border Patrol agents are absolutely correct in their assessment. Mexican drug-cartel violence has reached epic proportions and routinely spills into the very towns Napolitano promotes as “America’s safest communities.”
Federal agents have come under siege by heavily armed drug smugglers and local media has exposed record levels in crimes associated with illicit narcotics operations. In fact, more than 13,000 people were murdered across Mexico last year in disturbing and cruel ways not previously seen. Regardless, Napolitano declared that the region “is as secure as it has ever been.”
The famous words, ridiculed in the press worldwide, came days after U.S. Border Patrol agents engaged in a violent gun battle with Mexican drug smugglers along the Rio Grande in Texas. The federal officers came under siege during a bust that netted half a ton of U.S.-bound marijuana.
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A version of this column originally appeared in island-adv.com.
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By Jim Kouri