Border Patrol Fears Run-Ins With Mexican Military

Daily Bulletin

In the Sonoran desert along the Texas border, Border Patrol agents say they’re often confronted by corrupt Mexican military units in the employ of violent drug smugglers.

These run-ins have become so regular that the Department of Homeland Security eventually issued written directives a “what to do” list, of sorts” that agents carry with them while patrolling the area.

“These are active Mexican military that have sold out to the cartels,” said an agent in Arizona, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “We talk about cooperation with the Mexican government, but most of them seem to be on the take. The administration, the DHS, they are very hushed about this.”

The “Military Incursion” card states: “Mexican military are trained to escape, evade, and counter-ambush if it will effect their escape.” The card informs border agents of the procedures necessary when encountering Mexican army personnel. It also asks agents to hide from Mexican military that may be operating in the area and try to “Avoid it.”

“It’s like we’re having a battle on the border that no one speaks of,” the agent said. “The Border Patrol lives in constant fear of pleasing the consulate general of Mexico. It’s one of the things that’s most mystifying to line agents ” that the U.S., which is one of the most powerful nations in the world, would cater to the Mexican government.”

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