Mexican Troops Detained And Disarmed American Soldiers On US Side Of Border
Things are getting very tense on the US-Mexico border. Since Democrats are blocking funding, American citizens are guarding the border themselves in many cases and are building portions of the wall as well. But President Trump does have a military presence on the border along with the Border Patrol, Ice, and DHS. However, the Mexican authorities are getting jumpy and this time they went too far.
Mexican soldiers questioned two US Army soldiers on the American side of the border, even going so far as disarming one of them. Despite knowing the Mexican soldiers were in US territory, the Americans said they chose to initially comply in order to “de-escalate a potentially volatile situation.” Our soldiers should never just submit like that especially on American soil.
“On April 13, 2019, at approximately 2 p.m. CDT, five to six Mexican military personnel questioned two US Army soldiers who were conducting border support operations in an unmarked (Customs and Border Protection) vehicle near the southwest border in the vicinity of Clint, Texas,” US Northern Command said in a statement reported by CNN last Friday.
Northern Command emphasized that the US soldiers “were appropriately in US territory” when they were confronted by the Mexican troops. The Rio Grande river should have been a big giveaway here for everyone involved. “During the incident, the Mexican soldiers pointed their weapons at the US troops, removing a soldier’s sidearm and returning it to the unmarked US vehicle,” CNN reports. One official specified that the Mexican troops were armed with what appeared to be assault rifles.
Same problem in 1848.
— J C (@martini_henery) April 20, 2019
From The Daily Wire:
“The US soldiers allowed the Mexican troops to take the sidearm “in an attempt to de-escalate a potentially volatile situation,” Northern Command told CNN. “Throughout the incident, the US soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols.”
“That the Mexican military was confused about their jurisdiction is not surprising given the location, officials said, noting that the border fence in that area is actually north of the official border, the Rio Grande, and the area contains sections of dried-out riverbed.
“Though they were south of the border fence, US soldiers remained in US territory, north of the actual border,” the statement said. “[A]fter a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area.”
“The incident comes amid escalating tensions on the border as a result of the massive influx of migrants attempting to get into the US as well as American citizens organizing to help secure the border — the latter development a cause of “deep concern” among Mexican officials, Reuters reports.
“Mexico said on Saturday it had ‘deep concern’ about armed groups that intimidate and extort migrants on the border, shortly after the ACLU and Democratic senators called for a probe into such citizen efforts to block migrants from crossing,” Reuters reports.
“These types of practices can drive human rights abuses of people who migrate or request asylum or refuge in the United States,” Mexico’s Foreign Relations Ministry said in a statement reported by the news agency. Reuters notes that the department described the armed citizens as “militia groups.”
“On Saturday, the FBI arrested the leader of one of these citizens groups claiming to be “assisting” border patrol in apprehending illegal immigrants. Agents took United Concerned Patriots leader Larry Hopkins (AKA Johnny Horton) into custody in New Mexico Saturday on federal charges of felony possession of firearms and ammunition. The group says they have “arrested” over 5,000 migrants since mid-February.”
Wouldn’t confusion be eliminated with a great big assed wall on the border?
— The Dog Faced Boy (@CoxThedonald) April 20, 2019
This happened in Clint, Texas of all places. I’m not buying the ‘confusion’ excuse either.
During the incident, the Mexican soldiers, who were armed with high-powered assault rifles, ordered the US soldiers — one sergeant and a private — out of the unmarked vehicle and pointed their firearms at the US personnel, and briefly detained them. The Army sergeant, who was armed with his service pistol, was even disarmed, an incident report said.
Remember the American soldier they kept in prison for making a wrong turn?
— BetterBusinessBudget (@BBBudget) April 20, 2019
“After a brief discussion between the soldiers from the two nations, the Mexican military members departed the area. The US soldiers immediately contacted CBP, who responded quickly. Throughout the incident, the US soldiers followed all established procedures and protocols,” John Cornelio, deputy director of public affairs for NORAD and US Northern Command, told Newsweek.
“The Mexican military personnel moved “tactically fast,” preventing the US soldiers from radioing for backup. To make matters worse, both the uniforms of the Mexican soldiers and their truck were not marked with “identifiable seals or symbols.”
“The incident took place south of the border fence, but north of the Rio Grande, the official border demarcation at that section of the border.
“After the incident, Customs and Border Protection agents arrived at the scene, along with members from the soldiers’ regiment.”
A Newsweek report added more details:
“Two US Army soldiers sat in an unmarked Chevrolet Tahoe owned by US Customs and Border Protection on the west side of an El Paso County, Texas, Colonia known as Las Pampas.
“… the Army sergeant and private had set up a hasty observation post north of the Rio Grande River, but south of the border fence in US territory. The soldiers were members of B Battery, 1st Battalion, 37th Field Artillery Regiment, out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington.
“… the soldiers observed five to six individuals dressed in green pixelated military camouflage uniforms and carrying weapons, which appeared to be FX-05 Xiuhcoatl, an assault rifle designed and built for the Mexican armed forces.
“The armed men swiftly approached the US service members, crossing over from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River into US territory, ordering the soldiers out of their vehicle at gunpoint.”
Pentagon and DHS officials are now demanding answers from the Mexican government. I would not hold my breath if I were them and if they get an answer, it will probably not resemble the truth whatsoever. The border is a ticking time bomb with its fuse lit. Looks like Mexico wants to dance and the Pentagon is sending more troops.