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U.S. agents: Mexican gangs terrorize border

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) -- Armed gangs dressed in military uniforms often illegally cross the U.S.-Mexico border, providing cover for the trafficking of drugs and illegal immigrants into the United States, a Senate panel heard Wednesday.

U.S. government officials and sheriffs from border areas told lawmakers these intruders were becoming more sophisticated and ruthless, often clashed with U.S. Border Patrol agents and committed crimes in the United States.

"We are indeed aware of criminal organizations that wear military-style uniforms, use military-style equipment and weapons and employ military-style vehicles and tactics while conducting illegal activity in border areas," Border Patrol chief David Aguilar told a joint hearing of the Senate subcommittees on immigration and terrorism.

However, Aguilar said there was no proof that Mexican army personnel were involved or that the Mexican military had intentionally violated U.S. sovereignty.

In January, Texas deputies spotted two dozen drug smugglers wearing military-style uniforms, armed with automatic weapons and driving three vehicles loaded with marijuana they were trying to bring across the Rio Grande.

When one of the vehicles got stuck in the river, the uniformed men took up protective positions as others unloaded the drugs. Then they set the truck on fire and retreated back to Mexico.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday takes up immigration reform legislation that is expected to include steps to tighten the 2,000-mile U.S. border with Mexico. The House of Representatives in December passed a bill that called for the construction of 700 miles of fence along different stretches of the border.

But Aguilar said he did not favor the plan because his agency did not have the resources to manage such a barrier. Instead, he said the United States should employ the latest technology to build what he called a "virtual fence" that would give it the ability to monitor the entire border and respond quickly to incursions.

The Border Patrol has intercepted more than 400,000 illegal immigrants trying to cross the border in the first two months of this year, compared with around 100,000 a month -- 1.2 million -- last year. About 10 percent of those caught had criminal records.

Larry Dever, sheriff of Arizona's Cochise County, said Mexican smugglers now came armed with high capacity assault weapons and orders to protect their cargoes at all costs.

"Failure to make safe delivery is not acceptable and many who do fail are executed," he said. "High-speed chases on congested highways and through populated residential areas are common," he said, sometimes causing the deaths of innocent bystanders.

Mexican criminal groups smuggle into the United States most of the cocaine available in domestic drug markets and produce and smuggle into the country much of the heroin, marijuana and methamphetamine, the Bush administration said.

Sheriff A. D'Wayne Jernigan of Val Verde County in Texas said several murders in border counties inside the United States were orchestrated by Mexican drug cartels operating in both countries.

"The Rio Grande Valley, Cameron, Hidalgo and Starr counties have continuous problems with pseudo cops coming from Mexico to extort and kidnap citizens in these counties," he said.

Several U.S. police officers and family members had received death threats, sometimes delivered to their homes. "The drug trafficking organizations have the money, equipment and stamina to carry out their threats," he said.

Aguilar said that 192 Border Patrol agents had been assaulted so far in the current fiscal year, which began October 1. In fiscal year 2005, 778 Border Patrol agents were assaulted -- more than double the 2004 total of 374.

One weapon of choice was what he called "Molotov rocks" -- rocks wrapped in cloth, soaked in fuel and ignited.

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Real great. :no:

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XNavyGunner

It's all Bush's fault!!! :wacko:

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Bella-Angelique

Its everyone's fault who makes excuses for voting rich celebrity politicians into office who do not give a damn about the National Debt, the Trade Deficit, tidal wave illegal and legal immigration, or anything that hurts the nation family of the citizens of the USA.

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__Kratos__

Its everyone's fault who makes excuses for voting rich celebrity politicians into office who do not give a damn about the National Debt, the Trade Deficit, tidal wave illegal and legal immigration, or anything that hurts the nation family of the citizens of the USA.

Arnold has actually been quite outspoken for a CA gov. on illegal immigrants. Everytime he does though, those idiots down south around LA cry "racist!" or gather up support from other idiots from the goverment. When he praised the Minutemen for their job on the border, it was like a wildfire went through the illegals and they started all sorts of crap against him.

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Permakid

Arnold has actually been quite outspoken for a CA gov. on illegal immigrants. Everytime he does though, those idiots down south around LA cry "racist!" or gather up support from other idiots from the goverment. When he praised the Minutemen for their job on the border, it was like a wildfire went through the illegals and they started all sorts of crap against him.

So anyone who disagrees with some of Gov. Schwarzenegger's comments about illegal immigration is an idiot. That's a lovely attitude. Yours is exactly the kind of response that makes it pointless to discuss controversial political topics on this forum.

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__Kratos__

So anyone who disagrees with Gov. Schwarzenegger's stance on illegal immigration is an idiot. That's a lovely attitude. Yours is exactly the kind of response that makes it pointless to discuss controversial political topics on this forum.

So, when he praised the Minutemen and those people started all that crap and calling him racist, are not idiots?

I never said if you disgree with him you are an idiot, I'm talking about their response on how they act to disagree with him. :tu:

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Permakid

So, when he praised the Minutemen and those people started all that crap and calling him racist, are not idiots?

I never said if you disgree with him you are an idiot, I'm talking about their response on how they act to disagree with him. :tu:

OK, thanks for the clarification. Glad to hear I'm not automatically an idiot because I live in Southern California and happen to disagree with the governator at times. I agree that implying Schwarzenegger is a racist is a pretty ignorant thing to do. But, his support of the Minutemen wasn't exactly brilliant either. The backlash from the hispanic community was predictable.

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