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June 19, 2007

Illegal Aliens Setting Fires To Side Track Border Patrol

Topics: Immigration and Border Issues

As though there weren't already a plethora of reasons to totally reject the Senate's scamnesty bill for illegal aliens and begin anew by strictly enforcing the immigration laws that we have on the books now - the one's that the Bush administration has completely ignored except for the occasional selective enforcement for spin purposes, here's yet another reason to do so, a situation caused by illegal aliens and there smugglers in which U.S. Forest Service firefighters sent in to battle fires or clear wild-land fire areas are required to be escorted by armed law-enforcement officers: Illegals light border fires to sidetrack U.S. agents .

U.S. Border Patrol agents seeking to secure the nation's border in some of the country's most pristine national forests are being targeted by illegal aliens, who are using intentionally set fires to burn agents out of observation posts and patrol routes.

The wildfires have destroyed valuable natural and cultural resources in the National Forest System and pose an ongoing threat to visitors, residents and responding firefighters, according to federal law-enforcement authorities and others.

In the Coronado National Forest in Arizona, with 60 miles of land along the U.S.-Mexico border, U.S. Forest Service firefighters sent in to battle fires or clear wild-land fire areas are required to be escorted by armed law-enforcement officers.

Armed smugglers of aliens and drugs have walked through the middle of active firefighting operations, the authorities said.

The Border Patrol's Tucson, Ariz., sector, which encompasses most of the Coronado National Forest, has the highest incidence of cross-border violators in the nation. Nearly 500,000 illegal aliens were apprehended last year -- more than 30,000 a month. In addition, nearly 100,000 pounds of marijuana, with a street value of $200 million, was seized as it was hauled through the Coronado National Forest.

Last month, the Border Patrol -- in a single operation targeting illegal aliens causing what Forest Service officials called "significant damage" to the Coronado National Forest -- apprehended more than 300 illegals along just a three-mile section of U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and confiscated 600 pounds of marijuana in a 10-day period.

... agents are being targeted by illegal aliens and their smugglers for rock attacks -- including grapefruit-size rocks wrapped in rags, dipped in gasoline and set on fire.

"As larger areas of the border come under operational control, we can expect violence to increase as smuggling operations can no longer operate with impunity and do not have unfettered access to the border for their criminal activities," Border Patrol Chief David V. Aguilar told a Homeland Security subcommittee this year.

"This explosion of aggression is an indicator how desperate and angry drug and human traffickers are at the increasing disruption of their smuggling routes," he said.

So, add the destruction of our nation's valuable natural and cultural resources and the costs and danger to our law enforcement officials and firefighters, to the long list of reasons to reject the Senate scamnesty bill being rammed through in secret behind closed doors, ignoring the rules. As has been so aptly put by the Heritage Foundation: America's immigration system must be a national strength and not a strategic vulnerability.

Posted by Richard at June 19, 2007 10:51 AM

Are you sure the illegals are setting the fires to sidetrack Border Patrol Agents???

Maybe they are setting the fires not to sidetrack the Agents, but to help U.S. Attorney Johnny
"Love Mexican Illegal Drug Smugglers" Sutton to
"burn them at the stake" in his despicable and unrelenting "witchhunt" of our Border Patrol Agents.

Only in America!

Althor

Posted by: Althor at June 19, 2007 9:13 PM



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