Monday, January 30

Border Wars

This article shows exactly why a secure fence and a tripling of border guards are needed on the southern border, pronto. If the political dominoes continue to fall left in Latin America, right up to the U.S. border, and the next government continues to abandon northern Mexico to drug cartels, this present necessity will become an urgent crisis. Reconsiderations of U.S. immigration and drug policy are long overdue, but shoring up the border should be the first security priority.

Some highlights from the article:

Members of a violent international gang working for drug cartels in Central and South America are planning coordinated attacks along the U.S. border with Mexico, according to a Department of Homeland Security document obtained by the Daily Bulletin.

Detailed inside a Jan. 20 officer safety alert, the plot's ultimate goal is to "begin gaining control of areas, cities and regions within the U.S."

The information comes from the interrogation of a captured member of Mara Savatrucha, or MS-13, a transnational criminal syndicate born from displaced El Salvadoran death squads from the 1980s. The MS-13 member, who claimed to have smuggled cocaine for the Gulf Cartel, explained a plan to amass MS-13 members in Mexican border towns such as Nuevo Laredo, Acuna, Ojinaga and Juarez. The Gulf Cartel runs its drug smuggling operations from Del Rio, Texas, to south of Matamoros, Mexico.

"After enough members have been pre-positioned along the border, a coordinated attack using firearms was to commence against all law enforcement, to include Border Patrol," the alert states.

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