ROMA, TX- A United States Border Patrol Agent on Patrol in Texas was shot at by an unknown person who was in Mexico. Thankfully, the agent was not injured during the shooting.
— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) January 2, 2022
On January 1st, a U.S. Border Patrol Agent was in the process of arresting an illegal alien who had just crossed into the border when he came under fire.
The rounds that were fired apparently came from Mexico and struck the federal agent’s vehicle, but thankfully missed the agent as well as the person he was arresting.
As surprising as this incident is, sadly it is not something that is uncommon, and occurred as recently as August of 2021. In that incident, agents in El Paso, Texas, were fired on twice from across the United States border.
On the first reported shooting, federal agents heard roughly twenty shots that had been fired at the federal agent who was using security camera footage from the border. Border Patrol released a statement in which the shooting was addressed:
“Camera operators confirmed the presence of two subjects with what appeared to be a rifle shooting north from the Mexican side of the Rio Grande River.
Approximately 20 rounds were fired towards the agent from approximately 150 yards away. The two subjects were then observed entering a sedan on the Mexican side and fleeing the scene.”
The second incident occurred on August 10th when a federal agent who was patrolling the area south of the Midway Drive exit when he heard gunshots. The agent quickly exited his vehicle and sought cover from the gunfire.
Thankfully, the agent was not struck with the gunfire. Border Patrol agents noted:
“This is the second incident involving shots being fired at U.S. Border Patrol Agents, from Mexico, in the Ysleta Station area of responsibility in the past week. These attacks are a reminder that criminals will stop at nothing to further illegal activities.”
Border Patrol agent shot at from Mexico while apprehending a migrant https://t.co/0cF6JTXzkJ
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) January 4, 2022
Mexican officials did respond on the first incident to check on their side of the border for whoever was firing upon the federal agent. However, the Mexican police were unable to locate the person or persons who was firing the rounds.
The criminal investigation for the shooting at the federal agents was turned over to the FBI who have not commented on the status of the investigation.
In another incident in October, Fox News reporter Bill Melugin was with the members of the Texas National Guard along the border in Roma, Texas. While reporting, Melugin heard several gunshots coming from the Mexico side of the border.
Melugin was able to capture some of the rounds being fired from the Mexico side into the United States. Melugin released the video on Twitter and wrote:
“NEW: ‘Holy sh*t!’ We witnessed tracer rounds from a suspected cartel machine gun being fired from Mexico into the U.S. early this morning while we were embedded with the TX National Guard in Roma, TX. Soldiers tell us the rounds went above one of their observation posts.”
NEW: “Holy sh*t!”
We witnessed tracer rounds from a suspected cartel machine gun being fired from Mexico into the U.S. early this morning while we were embedded with the TX National Guard in Roma, TX. Soldiers tell us the rounds went above one of their observation posts. @FoxNews pic.twitter.com/wJrcDF885r
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) October 8, 2021
Melugin noted that the National Guard troops did not know whether the shooting from Mexico was done to place fear in the hearts of those at the border or if it was a shootout between cartels. Melugin said:
“The National Guard here has soldiers all over the place, as well as observation posts all over the place. They’re keeping an eye out for runners and human smugglers.”
Melugin noted the number of illegal aliens that have been captured crossing the border during the first few days of the new year. According to him, over 2,000 illegal aliens have been arrested crossing into the U.S. from the Mexico border. On Twitter, Melugin wrote:
“The New Year begins w/2,200 illegal immigrants apprehended in Del Rio sector alone this past weekend, & a Border Patrol agent being shot at from the Mexican side of the river in the RGV, leaving bullet holes in his vehicle. 2022 picking up right where 2021 left off at the border.”
The New Year begins w/ 2,200 illegal immigrants apprehended in Del Rio sector alone this past weekend, & a Border Patrol agent being shot at from the Mexican side of the river in the RGV, leaving bullet holes in his vehicle.
2022 picking up right where 2021 left off at the border https://t.co/wmjucuL9sX
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) January 3, 2022
Hilario Rios Garcia was arrested on Dec. 25 during the evening hours by the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS).
A records check determined the man had an extensive criminal record, including a conviction for the murder of a police officer or fireman in 1993.
The arrest occurred on Christmas evening when DPS troopers requested assistance from Hebbronville Station agents with a vehicle stop near Farm to Market Road 649 west of Hebbronville, Texas.
Authorities questioned the occupants of the stopped vehicle. Subsequent to the interviews, agents determined the suspects were engaged in human smuggling.
The driver of the vehicle was identified as Rios Garcia. The U.S. Border Patrol Laredo Section issued a statement reading:
“Once in custody, #USBP agents discovered the driver was an undocumented individual from the country of Mexico.
Record checks revealed Hilario Rios Garcia had an extensive criminal history which included an arrest in June 1993 by the City of Roma, Texas Police Department and subsequent conviction of Capital Murder of a Police Officer or Fireman.
“Rios Garcia will be prosecuted for his immigration violation and will be turned over to the custody of the U.S. Marshals Service.”
The number of migrants stopped at the Southwest border continued to the highest levels in at least 20 years surge under President Joe Biden’s lenient immigration enforcement policies.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has recorded more than 1.1 million encounters at the southern border through the first nine months of fiscal 2021, already more than any complete fiscal year since at least 2005.
CBP issued a prepared statement in June regarding the problem of repeat border crossers:
“The large number of expulsions during the pandemic has contributed to a larger-than-usual number of migrants making multiple border crossing attempts.”
CBP stated that the total number of illegal immigrants crossing the border may be skewed by the number of repeat offenders. However, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) challenged the excuse, saying border crossings have increased every month since Biden took office:
“In June, nearly 190,000 illegal aliens were apprehended crossing the southern border. Illegal border crossings have increased every single month of the Biden administration.”
While the causes of the border crisis are debated, the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Border Patrol continue to struggle to control the massive surge in illegals entering the country unchecked.
Luckily, Hilario Rios Garcia was not one of the thousands of successful crossings.
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