Are they testing the waters?

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Guardsmen overrun at the Border

12 News
Jan. 4, 2007 02:44 PM

-National Guard unit stormed while patroling the border
-Border attack raises security concerns

A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona’s border with Mexico.

According to the Border Patrol, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the site in the state’s West Desert Region around 11 p.m. The site is manned by National Guardsmen. Those guardsmen were forced to retreat.

The Border Patrol will not say whether shots were fired. However, no Guardsmen were injured in the incident.

The Border Patrol says the incident occurred somewhere along the 120 mile section of the border between Nogales and Lukeville. The area is known as a drug corridor. Last year, 124-thousand pounds of illegal drugs were confiscated in this area.

The Border patrol says the attackers quickly retreated back into Mexico.

6 thoughts on “Are they testing the waters?”

  1. I wonder if they’re locked and loaded while on patrol, and what their ROE are. Seems to me that “shoot to kill anyone with a weapon coming across that border” wouldn’t be a bad start.

  2. I don’t know, George. The question I have is how the Guardsmen could be “overrun” by a bunch of gangsters. Nobody fired back? Maybe the Guardsmen weren’t prepared, didn’t have loaded weapons, were under orders not to defend themselves if attacked, etc. Whatever the details, it sounds like our national policy is to ignore the realities of our southern border, which is a mistake. If the headline had been, “Guardsmen Kill Attackers in Border Skirmish,” it might have been less likely to happen again. Now it’s just a matter of time.

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