War on America: Suspected cartel member from Mexico aims an AK-47 at Texas DPS helicopter on patrol

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STARR COUNTY, TX — The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) released footage of a gunman in Mexico aiming a weapon at one of its helicopters that was patrolling the southern border.

The footage shows a suspected member of a Mexican drug cartel standing by a red vehicle. The gunman then looks directly up and aims what appears to be an AK-47 at the DPS helicopter in the area of the Rio Grande Valley section of Starr County.

The pilot of the helicopter then quickly moves away to avoid getting shot.

FOX News reported:

“The Mexican government said its military responded and approached a suspected cartel compound in the area, Texas DPS told Fox News. A gunfight ensued and five suspected cartel members were killed. 

“Another four were arrested and several rifles and a red car were recovered. 

“The area where the footage was taken has been the site of a number of shooting incidents in recent months when American personnel have been targeted.

“Heavily-armed cartel members have become a more common sight along the Texas-Mexico border in recent months as U.S. border officials deal with a surge of migrants.”

According to the same FOX News report, Mexican cartel members have allegedly been responsible for shooting at Border Patrol agents and members of the U.S. National Guard:

“In February, Border Patrol agents with the Border Patrol Tactical Operations (BORTAC) were fired upon from Mexico. The agents returned fire but no one was hit. 

“Moments earlier, the Mexican military had engaged in a shootout with cartel members and a man tried crossing into the United States. When a Border Patrol agent jumped in a river to rescue him, the agent was fired upon, authorities said.

“In January, members of the National Guard were shot at by possible cartel members in the area. No one was hurt. 

“In January, members of the National Guard were shot at by possible cartel members in the area. No one was hurt.”

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Earlier this year, the Biden administration was criticized for reducing the numbers of Border Patrol agents.

Last month, President Biden diverted Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers from the already strained U.S. southern border and sent them overseas to help at the Ukrainian border instead.

According to a report by Just the News, a memo was sent by CBP’s office of field operations that was requesting volunteers who were willing to deploy immediately to Poland for “Operation Ukraine Support.”

The report noted:

“The request comes six months after a similar effort to process Afghan refugees after the bungled U.S. exit from that country.

“That operation was sharply criticized Friday by the Pentagon inspector general for poor Defense Department vetting that allowed 50 Afghans posing serious security risks to enter the United States.”

Just the News obtained a copy of the memo and reported it stated in part:

“The Office of Field Operations is seeking volunteers to assist with the possible evacuation of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their immediate family members from Ukraine.

“Eligible employees who volunteer for this situation may be selected to serve a temporary duty assignment in Poland to facilitate travelers for entry into the U.S., to include providing guidance and problems resolution to other government agencies.”

The memo also noted that volunteers would need to be ready to deploy “within 2-3 days” of selection and should plan for about a month’s work overseas, which could require working irregular shifts up to seven days per week.

The memo also offered a plan for COVID-19 mitigation that said workers need to either have the vaccine or natural immunity from a recent infection.

According to the report, volunteers have to provide a negative PCR test taken within 24 hours of arrival and meet one of the following conditions: be fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 shot or be recovered from COVID-19 within six months prior to arrival.

As the Biden administration sends Americans to Poland to protect the Ukrainian border, Russians and Ukrainians are escaping to Mexico and trying to enter the U.S.

Earlier this month, we reported how both Russians and Ukrainians are buying cheap cars in Mexico and then driving across the border and claiming asylum. Here is that report.

US/MEXICO BORDER — Reuters reports that a number of Russian and Ukrainian “refugees,” who fled the turmoil in Ukraine have figured how to get into the United States without going through the whole red tape thing.

All they do is get to Mexico, buy junk throwaway cars, and drive across the U.S. border into the United States to seek asylum, an issue that will likely accelerate as Russia’s Ukraine invasion has forced over a million estimated people to flee their homes.

According to U.S. border officials, at least 6,400 Russians have been encountered in a four-month period between October 2021 and this January, data shows.

That’s more than the estimated 4,100 caught during the entire 2021 fiscal year, which ended September 30, 2021.

The number of Ukrainians caught saw a similar jump, with over 1,000 apprehended between October and January, compared to only 680 for the entire FY20-21 period.

While those numbers account for a small fraction of the overall number of illegals who entered the U.S. in FY-22, it’s still telling. Out of all those stopped thus far in FY-22, a majority of those stopped were from Mexico and Central America, and were allegedly removed from the U.S.

Conversely however, nearly all of the Russians and Ukrainians have been allowed to remain while they pursue asylum clams, with there being a notable presence of both at border-area shelters which assist newcomers to the country.

According to data published by the San Diego Rapid Response Network, Russians have been among the top three nationalities arriving at that shelter.

The network is a coalition of nonprofits, attorneys, and community leaders. Last week, Ukrainian migrants were the third most-common nationality among arrivals.

The Customs and Border Protection numbers include only migrants who arrived before the Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

However, one current and one former border official who spoke with Reuters on condition of anonymity said there could be additional migrant increases as the war has intensified.

Reuters reports that over 1 million refugees have left the country as the so-called “special operation” undertaken by Putin’s goons has resulted in the random targeting of assets throughout Ukraine, including civilian areas.

While most have headed to neighboring European countries, the size and speed of those fleeing will likely lead to additional refugees seeking to come to America.

Putin, who has been cracking down on anti-war dissenters in his own country, is likely behind the exodus of Russian citizens fleeing the country.

In addition, it is believed that sanctions imposed by the U.S. and other countries across the world are putting pressure on Russian citizens, forcing some to flee that country as well.

Reuters notes that migrants seeking to flee the two countries are actually sharing tips on social media on how to make the journey to the U.S. southern border via Mexico to claim asylum.

Don’t think for a minute that the United Nations isn’t helping facilitate the transportation of these migrants to Mexico to speed entry into the United States.

Apparently, the trek is a fairly easy one as long as you have money to pay for the airfare. Last year, a Russian dissident, Dmitriy Zubarev left Russia.

Zubarev, a civil rights lawyer, had worked on the presidential campaign of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, who is currently imprisoned in Russia.

Due to Putin’s growing crackdown on dissent, Zubarev fled the country after Navalny’s organizations were labeled “extremist” by the Russian government, Reuters said.

Zubarev explained to Reuters that in June 2021, he boarded a plane from Moscow to Cancun, Mexico, then flew from there to Tijuana at the U.S.-Mexico border.

He then got in a minivan with 11 other migrants and drove across the U.S. border. Once he crossed over, he asked for asylum and was released to pursue his case. Zubarev, who currently resides in Connecticut, believes more Russians will follow.

“Repression is intensifying and the people coming out to protest the war are treated very harshly,” Zubarev told Reuters. “There will be more people trying to use refugee routes to escape the bad situation in the country.”

Reuters reached out to Moscow for comment on Zubarev, but nothing was received.

In an emailed statement, the Russian Embassy claimed to be “very concerned” about what it called a “detention” of alleged Russian citizens at the U.S.-Mexico border near San Diego, and said it contacted the U.S. State Department to verify their identities.

Reuters also reached out to the U.S. State Department, which didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Business Insider reported that a congressional hearing last week, Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) claimed to be “taken aback” by the number of Russian and Ukrainian migrants arriving at the San Ysidro port of entry between San Diego and Tijuana about a month ago.

He explained a border patrol agent showed him 20 cars that had been pulled over and told him they were full of Ukrainian and Russian migrants.

“The problem is not going away,” Correa said.

Jessica Bolter, an immigration expert at the Migration Policy Institute told Reuters that migrants from the two Eastern European countries choose to go to Mexico since it’s easier to obtain a visa for Mexico.

They then seek asylum in the U.S. rather than obtain a tourist visa.

They then drive across in a vehicle to circumvent the pandemic-era policy known as Title 42. Under that policy, on-foot refugees are turned away at the border; vehicles are stopped less frequently.

Former U.S. Border Patrol Chief Rodney Scott told Reuters that refugees are buying “cheap cars” in Mexico to increase their chances of getting through to the U.S., calling it a way to “jump the line.”

On Monday, Mexico’s president Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said that country will continue to accept Ukrainian refugees.

Meanwhile, the Biden administration announced Ukrainians who entered the U.S. would receive temporary protection from deportation.

The Department of Homeland Security announced in a statement March 3 that it had created an 18-month Temporary Protected  Status (TPS) program for Ukrainians living in the U.S. since March 1.

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