BORDER WARS TURN VIOLENT IN ARIZONA
Millions enter U.S. without proper I.D.
By Dr. Jerome Corsi
(c) 2010 RedAlert.WND.com
Despite reassurances of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano that the U.S. border with Mexico has never been more secure, millions are being allowed to enter the United States, largely through Mexico, without proper identification.
The problem is that the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative, or WHTI, implemented after Sept. 11 requires all travelers, even from Canada and Mexico, to have a passport or other secure identification before entering the United States.
Evidently, some 18 months after WHTI was put into effect, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, or CBP, officers are simply not enforcing the law, allowing an estimated 2.3 million travelers who failed to provide proper paperwork at U.S. land ports of entry to come into the United States anyway.
A report released in November by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security concluded that during eight month period spanning June 1, 2009, through Jan. 31, 2010, approximately 2.3 million travelers were allowed to enter the United States despite not having passports or other secure identification required by WHTI, amounting to a potential of 3.6 million noncompliant travelers annually.
Almost half, or 1.2 million of the 2.3 million travelers, arrived at ports in Texas, amounting to potentially 1.7 million noncompliant travelers entering the United States annually through Texas.
The report of the DHS Inspector General concluded that other priorities have prevented CBP from implementing operating procedures its officers will use to verify the identity and citizenship of noncompliant travelers.
Border agent killed in Arizona
On Dec. 14, Border Patrol agent Brian A. Terry, 40, was killed in a gun battle with five armed bandits in a remote area north of the U.S. border with Mexico, near Rio Rico, Ariz., outside Nogales, Ariz.
What the incident revealed was that now armed bandits from Mexico are roving freely into U.S. territory, preying on illegal immigrants and U.S. citizens in the sparsely populated Arizona desert adjoining the U.S. border with Mexico.
Four of the suspects involved in the shooting are in custody and at least one suspect remains a fugitive, according to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol press release. Agent Terry was transported to a hospital where he died from his wounds on Wednesday morning.
One of the armed bandits in custody was wounded in the gun battle and transported to a local hospital. Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada in Nogales, Ariz., confirmed to WND that his office had been contacted by the U.S. Border Patrol shortly after 11:10 p.m. local time on Wednesday, requesting law enforcement and emergency medical services back up.
The report was that shots had been fired," Sheriff Estrada said, "so we responded and transported Agent Terry and one of the suspects to the hospital. Tragically, Agent Terry died."
Estrada said the area where the incident occurred is an unpopulated area about 12 miles north of the U.S. border with Mexico, near a residential area in Rio Rico, Ariz.
"This is a remote area where known smugglers in drugs and human beings operate," he said, noting that the FBI has taken over the investigation and his office does not have details on the four apprehended suspects at this time. Estrada told WND that the four suspects apprehended in the incident are now under custody by the FBI, and he suspects they will shortly be transferred to FBI incarceration in Tucson.
"This is an unspeakable tragedy," T. J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, told WND. "The gun battle occurred in an area 15-18 miles within the United States, in one of many areas along the border with Mexico that is out of control."
Bonner told WND Terry was part of a four-man Border Patrol BORTEC tactical unit that had been deployed in the area around Rio Rico because of reports that bandits were operating there freely, robbing illegal immigrants trying to make their way into the United States and threatening U.S. citizen residents in the area. Agent Terry was mortally wounded in the exchange of gunfire after his BORTAC [Border Patrol Tactical] unit encountered five bandits," Bonner said.
"Unfortunately teams of bandits that operate freely in border areas like this can make a good living with their illegal activities."
Bonner said those who claim that the U.S. border is safer than ever "either don't have a good grasp of the situation or are lying deliberately."
ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jerome R. Corsi received a Ph.D. from Harvard University in political science in 1972. He is the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling books THE OBAMA NATION: LEFTIST POLITICS AND THE CULT OF PERSONALITY and the co-author of UNFIT FOR COMMAND: SWIFT BOAT VETERANS SPEAK OUT AGAINST JOHN KERRY. He is also the author of AMERICA FOR SALE, THE LATE GREAT U.S.A., and WHY ISRAEL CAN'T WAIT. Currently, Dr. Corsi is a Senior Managing Director in the Financial Services Group at Gilford Securities as well as a senior staff writer for WorldNetDaily.com.
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