Border Patrol agents fired on by group smuggling illegals

The Mexican cartels and criminal smuggling operations are stepping up their game by firing on US Border Patrol agents in California and Texas as they attempt to arrest them.

(Video Credit: Fox News)

The escalation in violence is becoming very dangerous for border patrol agents. Cartels are not afraid to fire handguns or rifles at the agents assuming they will not fire back.

On August 18, an incident occurred in the Otay Mountain Wilderness area where a Border Patrol agent came across a group of illegal immigrants. He attempted to take them into custody and an unidentified shooter started firing shots at him from across the border, according to Fox News.

Other agents heard the gunshots and witnessed the muzzle flashes that came from the area and responded. Whoever was shooting then turned their fire on those agents. They were forced to take cover as the group of illegal aliens and the shooter escaped back across the border into Mexico, according to the California Border Patrol (CBP). No one was injured in the altercation.

“Several days later, on August 22, US National Guard personnel watched an armed individual climb the border fence in the Otay Mountain Wildness area. The following day, two armed suspects were spotted in the same area,” Fox News reported.

(Video Credit: KVIA ABC-7)

The San Diego Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) scoured the area where the shooting took place but didn’t find any suspects. No one has been arrested over the incident.

According to San Diego Sector Chief Patrol Agent Patricia McGurk-Daniel, the escalation in violence proves that smugglers and the cartels are “becoming desperate.”

Our agents are preventing smugglers from conducting their illicit business and this is their very dangerous response,” she asserted. “This callous display clearly shows that smugglers do not care about the safety of migrants or law enforcement.”

“These incidents and individuals pose a significant danger to agents patrolling the area as well as migrants attempting to illegally enter,” she stressed. “The safety of our agents and the safety of migrants remains paramount. We remain vigilant in the face of escalating threats and danger, and we will work to identify and prosecute the responsible parties.”

However, another explanation could be that they have become emboldened because they know there won’t be any retaliation and they can get away with it.

Fox 5 San Diego reported that Mexico’s Institute of Migration has doubled its patrols south of the border because the cartels and smugglers are arming up in recent months.

“Our need for more personnel limits us and sometimes we are putting our personnel in danger as they come across smugglers carrying weapons,” INM Director David Pérez Tejada stated according to Fox News. “We have also witnessed smugglers fire their weapons toward the north at Border Patrol agents.”

There have been a number of incidents now where Border Patrol agents have taken fire from the other side of the border in at least two states.

“Pérez Tejada said other problem areas are to the east near the city of Tecate in the mountains, where access is limited, and their patrols are scarce,” Fox 5 San Diego reported.

“Sometimes we stop them, other times it’s the Border Patrol,” he noted.

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